NHS AGENCY SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT BACK WANNACRY RANSOMWARE WITH DARKTRACE

NHS AGENCY SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT BACK WANNACRY RANSOMWARE WITH DARKTRACE

Break-through AI Technology Detects and Contains WannaCry Attack at NHS Agency Before Damage is Inflicted


The WannaCry malware attack is unprecedented in scale and has affected over 200,000 devices across 150 countries according to Europol, including the UK’s National Health Service, Spain’s Telefonica and FedEx in the US. Spread by a pernicious email attachment and supercharged by a worm, the stealthy malware encrypts files, with cyber criminals demanding ransom before users can regain access to their data. Traditional security tools that use rules and signatures to stop cyber-threats at the border fell short in the face of this never-seen-before and fast-spreading malware.

Unlike the old attempts to keep malware at bay, the Enterprise Immune System is a pioneering, machine-learning technology capable of detecting and fighting back against stealthy ‘unknown unknowns’, such as WannaCry, automatically and in real time. Modeled after the most powerful biological system, the human immune system, the disruptive technology leverages advances in mathematics and machine learning, to learn the normal ‘pattern of life’ of every user and device on a network. Antigena, its automatic response technology, acts as a digital antibody, taking proportionate, remedial action to neutralize emerging threats. For example, it can slow down or stop a compromised connection or device, but does not impact normal business operations.


“At Darktrace we catch and contain ransomware every week,” commented Nicole Eagan, CEO at Darktrace. “WannaCry bypassed traditional security defenses proving them futile in this new era of cyber warfare. Security teams cannot face this challenge without the right tools in place. Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System is a true manifestation of AI in action: detecting and stopping threats before the human teams have even had time to notice.”



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