DATA SECURITY

Microsoft and Darktrace Collaboration Extends Autonomous Cyber Defense Across the Cloud

Darktrace | May 10, 2021

Darktrace, a leading autonomous cybersecurity AI firm, revealed today that it has partnered with tech giant Microsoft. The collaboration provides joint customers with enterprise-scale, self-learning AI that identifies and reacts to cyber-threats autonomously.

This partnership expands Darktrace's self-learning artificial intelligence for cybersecurity within Microsoft environments, such as Microsoft 365 and cloud apps like Azure Sentinel. When companies and workforces around the world depend more on cloud infrastructure and virtual collaboration tools, the collaboration ensures that threats can be halted by Microsoft's technologies in conjunction with Darktrace's Autonomous Cyber AI technology.

Microsoft and Darktrace's collaboration improves security through multi-platform and multi-cloud environments, automates threat investigations, and allows teams to prioritize strategic activities that matter.

The two organizations are working together to help companies in a variety of important areas:

Cyber AI Email Security – Antigena Email, which utilizes Darktrace's autonomous response technologies to counter the most advanced email attacks, is now hosted on Microsoft Azure and available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Simplified and Streamlined Security Workflows – Darktrace also works smoothly with Azure Sentinel, with a customized Workbook enabling users to send and envision Darktrace threat alerts and automatic threat investigation reports within Sentinel.

Seamless data integration – With one click, users can connect Darktrace's AI detection capability to Microsoft Defender for endpoint security.

"As cyber-attacks get more advanced, AI is introducing a deeper level of security in detecting these risks," said Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK. The collaboration between Microsoft and Darktrace will help in the security of organizations, allowing them to concentrate on their core business and customers."

"I am happy to be working with Microsoft to put Darktrace's Cyber AI and autonomous response into joint customer environments," said Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of Darktrace. "Darktrace secures Microsoft wherever it runs."

About Darktrace

Darktrace is the pioneer of Autonomous Response technologies and a leading autonomous cybersecurity AI organization. It protects the cloud, email, IoT, traditional networks, endpoints, and industrial platforms for over 4,700 organizations in over 100 countries.

Darktrace AI, a self-learning technology, tracks, investigates and reacts to advanced cyber-threats such as insider threats, remote working risks, malware, data loss, and supply chain vulnerabilities.

The corporation employs 1,500 people worldwide, with headquarters in Cambridge, UK. Darktrace AI detects a cyber threat every second, preventing it from causing harm.

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