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Darktrace plc
Founded2013; 8 years ago (2013)[1]
HeadquartersCambridge, England, UK
San Francisco, United States[2]
Key people
Gordon Hurst (Chairman)
Poppy Gustafsson (CEO)
ServicesCyber Security
RevenueIncrease US$199.1 million (2020)[3]
Increase US$(24.9) million (2020)[3]
Increase US$(28.7) million (2020)[3]
Number of employees
1,200 (2020)[4]

Darktrace is a British-American information technology company that specialises in cyber-defence. The company was established in 2013 and is headquartered in Cambridge, England and San Francisco, United States.[2] It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


Darktrace was founded in 2013, in a collaboration with the British intelligence agencies[5] and Invoke Capital, a company owned by Mike Lynch.[6][7] By the end of 2013, as well as being a wholly owned subsidiary of Invoke Capital, Invoke Capital additionally provided 15 of Darktrace’s 40 staff members.[8]

In April 2021, Darktrace listed on the London Stock Exchange with a market value of circa £2.5 billion.[9][10]


Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System uses proprietary machine learning and AI algorithms to build a so-called "pattern of life" for every network, device, and user within an organization. It then employs correlation techniques to classify and cross-reference these models, establishing a highly accurate understanding of 'normal activity' within that particular environment.[5] From this evolving understanding of 'normal', it can then detect potential threats as they emerge in real time.[11] It employs an autonomous response technology, Antigena, which allows networks to take action against in-progress cyber-attacks.[12] The product also visualizes network activity on a user interface, called the 'Threat Visualizer'.[13] Since the company's inception in 2013, its technology has been deployed some 9,000 times.[14]


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  4. ^ "Cybersecurity firm Darktrace soars on London stock market debut". Yahoo News. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b Hall, Susan. (5 January 2017). "Darktrace Automates Network Security Through Machine Learning." The New Stack. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "After Autonomy". The Economist. 2013-09-21. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  7. ^ "Darktrace, The Cyber Security Startup Backed By Mike Lynch, Raises Further $18M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  8. ^ "After Autonomy". The Economist. 2013-09-21. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  9. ^ Bradshaw, Tim. "Darktrace shares jump 32% in IPO". The Financial Times. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Darktrace: What we learned from building a £2.5bn UK success story". City A.M. 3 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  11. ^ Greene, Tim (9 March 2017). “Darktrace finds more attacks, cuts response time, saves money for Blackhawk Network.” Network World. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. ^ Kobie, Nicole (4 April 2017). “Darktrace’s AI is now automatically responding to hacks – and stopping them.WIRED. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  13. ^ Hamblen, Matt. (5 Dec 2016). “Behavior analytics tools for cybersecurity move into enterprises.Computerworld. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "Losses widen at security start-up Darktrace as it embarks on hiring spree". The Telegraph. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.