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Founded 2013
Headquarters Cambridge and San Francisco


DarkTrace is a cyber-security software business, founded by mathematicians and machine learning specialists from the University of Cambridge, together with intelligence experts from MI5 and the Government Communications Headquarters.

It uses new machine learning techniques, based on the biological principles of the human immune system and addresses the challenge of detecting previously unidentified cyber threats, irrespective of their origin and in real time. Its flagship solution is the Enterprise Immune System, which has been described by the business as the only cyber defence technology, capable of detecting anomalous behaviours within large and complex environments, without any prior knowledge of what it is looking for. The technology has also been described as "a fundamental step change" in mitigating risk from cyber threats. (PR Newswire, 5 August 2015)