Darktrace industrial immune system stops cyber-attackers from damaging critical UK port

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

01 May 2018


Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defence, has today announced that Harwich Haven Authority, the trust port responsible for the safety and upkeep of the Harwich Haven area in Essex, UK, has deployed Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System to defend its systems from unpredictable cyber-threats.

Harwich Haven Authority is a major provider of critical infrastructure in the UK, handling the world’s largest container ships. The Authority delivers essential shipping services across five commercial ports including Port of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Navyard, Mistley and Harwich International, which are considered important gateways for European and global trade.

“The power of Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System is amazing. It is critical that the trust port is fully operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and Darktrace helps us achieve this by detecting threats before they escalate,” said Matt Calver, IT Infrastructure Engineer, Harwich Haven Authority. “The technology provides insights into our network that would be impossible to gather without the help of artificial intelligence. We could never be 100% sure about what was going on on our network before we deployed Darktrace.”

The Industrial Immune System works by leveraging machine learning and AI algorithms to learn the normal ‘pattern of life’ of every device, controller, and user on the network, and correlates these insights in order to spot emerging threats that would otherwise go unnoticed.

“The defence of our critical national infrastructure is of paramount importance in keeping society running efficiently,” said Andrew Tsonchev, Director of Technology, Darktrace Industrial. “The cyber-threat landscape is evolving at pace, with threats becoming more stealthy and fast-moving, and humans alone cannot keep up. Harwich Haven Authority joins a growing number of organizations across the world relying on our artificial intelligence technology to defend their increasingly complex networks.”

Darktrace is the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber defense. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System technology uses AI algorithms that mimic the human immune system to defend industrial networks of all types and sizes.