Darktrace joins Cameron for US cybersecurity talks

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Cybersecurity vendor Darktrace is furthering its links with government as it joins British prime minister David Cameron on his visit to Washington DC.

Chief executive Nicole Eagan will attend official talks on cybersecurity policy between Cameron and US president Barack Obama, with the visit preceding the firm’s plans to open an American headquarters in the capital.

"Last year we saw the damage that these threats can cause to hard earned reputations and how they undermine the trust consumers have in a company and its products," Eagan said.

"Traditional methods of security are no longer enough and it is time for a new machine learning approach that can identify cyber incidents in real time before they turn into a crisis."

Darktrace has attracted a unique reputation in cybersecurity due to its heavy recruitment of former spooks from the NSA and GCHQ, and has announced two more cyber-threat experts will join it from the American intelligence agency.

Eagan told CBR last year that the firm had plans to focus on the Asia-Pacific region in the coming months, with a particular interest in industrial control systems (ICS) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

"We are seeing a global demand for Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System approach to address the increasing challenges faced by companies in the United States and elsewhere, as hostile agents develop increasingly stealthy and sophisticated attacks on valued data and IP," she added.

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