Darktrace comments on the World Economic Forum cyber security report


Cyber security is on the agenda for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, today. Emily Orton, Co-Founder and CMO at Darktrace, comments on the WEF cyber security report.

Now is the time to act, starting with a review of the cyber security posture of every organisation and government agency.


“We welcome this report from the World Economic Forum, particularly the focus on seeking to establish a baseline of common language and on bolstering international collaboration, both of which will be critical in the fight against cyber-crime. Organisations and governments must also recognise that radical action is required too, if we are to tackle sophisticated attackers that use methods or tools that are entirely novel.

"The advances in artificial intelligence have fundamentally improved our capability to respond and keep up with increasingly subtle or advanced cyber-threats. The World Economic Forum recognised the promise of this technology in 2015, when it named Darktrace a Technology Pioneer. Since then, more and more organisations have adopted artificial intelligence to catch some of the most challenging threats in the networks of large organisations across the world.

"Today AI is relied on every second in over 5,000 networks to silently combat threats, behind the scenes.”

Emily also responded to Ciaran Martin’s statement around a cyber attack being inevitable on the UK, saying: “The warnings from Ciaran Martin, the head of the UK Cyber Security Centre, of the inevitability of cyber-attacks against the UK, are important and timely.

"Darktrace has seen an increase in sophisticated cyber-attackers, potentially nation states, that have infiltrated critical national infrastructure, often for reconnaissance purposes. It is often very difficult for the organisations targeted to know that they have been infiltrated however, as the attacks are perpetrated over a long period of time and disguise themselves very effectively.

"Now is the time to act, starting with a review of the cyber security posture of every organisation and government agency. Artificial intelligence will be critical in enabling us to defend ourselves amid this new normal, spotting the earliest signs of such attacks, and responding to them, faster than people can.

"While cyber-attacks might be a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’, artificial intelligence allows us the best chance to regain control.”


Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security.