Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform Transforms Security Operations

Darktrace has unveiled its latest offering, the Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform, which integrates Darktrace’s top-tier security products with new industry-first innovations and features, particularly in email and operational technology (OT). Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI), the platform shifts security operations from reactive to proactive, bolstering cyber resilience. It aims to empower human security analysts by preemptively identifying vulnerabilities in security controls and procedures, preempting potential exploits, and swiftly addressing both known and emerging threats. Additionally, it streamlines the investigation process by automating the handling of each alert. At its core, the platform facilitates the visualization, correlation, and investigation of security incidents across various domains such as cloud, email, network, endpoint, identity, and OT, along with third-party tools and applications.

“Security teams are reaching a breaking point, forced into a reactive state by too many alerts, too little time, and a fragmented security stack,” said Max Heinemeyer, Chief Product Officer, Darktrace. “Building on a decade of experience applying AI to transform security operations for thousands of customers, the Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform takes a unique approach from the rest of the industry. It correlates incidents across the digital environment and automates investigations to uplift security teams and free them from the manual, time-intensive alert triage process so they can focus their time on building proactive cyber resilience.”

“At Capital Brands, we have a small team so maximizing our technology investments is crucial to ensure we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said Peter Huh, CIO & CTO, Capital Brands, which develops and sells domestic appliances with a focus on wellness nutrition to households in over 100 markets worldwide. “Darktrace’s platform acts as a force multiplier for us, allowing our team to move away from the purely reactive nature of cybersecurity – which often leaves security teams one step behind – to a more proactive state. We gain a deep understanding of our environment that helps us prioritize in a way we haven’t been able to in the past. We can automatically identify vulnerabilities so we can quickly remediate the things that matter and deprioritize the things that don’t.”

New Report Finds Lack of Cyber Preparedness in an AI-Threatened World

AI is beginning to amplify the already complex threats faced by cyber security professionals. The rise of offensive AI combined with automation and cybercrime-as-a-service is increasing the speed, sophistication, and success of cyber security attacks. Multi-stage and multi-domain attacks are now widely used by adversaries, who take advantage of a lack of visibility and siloes to move undetected between systems.

A new Darktrace-commissioned report released today underscores the challenges facing businesses in this rapidly evolving cyber-threat landscape. Darktrace’s State of AI Cyber Security 2024 report, which surveyed nearly 1,800 security leaders and practitioners in 14 countries, found 74 percent of respondents believe AI-augmented cyber threats are already having a significant impact on their organizations, yet 60 percent believe they are currently unprepared to defend against these attacks. The report also found:

  • Organizations face three top inhibitors to defending against AI-augmented threats: insufficient knowledge or use of AI-driven countermeasures; insufficient personnel to manage tools and alerts; and insufficient knowledge/skills pertaining to internal use of AI technology and its increasing threat.
  • Security professionals believe defensive AI will effectively counter offensive AI, with 71 percent of respondents indicating they are confident that AI-augmented security solutions will be able to detect and block AI-augmented threats. However, only 26 percent fully understand which types of AI are used in their security stack today.
  • As they prepare for these threats, security teams want to consolidate their tools. Eighty-five percent agreed that a platform approach is more effective at stopping threats.


Introducing the Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform

Against this backdrop, Darktrace is introducing the Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform to help organizations transform their security operations from a focus on reactive threat detection to proactive cyber resilience. The platform includes Darktrace’s core detection and autonomous response capabilities with pre-breach prevention, attack simulation and recovery capabilities in a single, holistic solution with a common AI architecture. The platform enables teams to visualize and correlate events across a broad set of domains including cloud, email, endpoint, identity, network, and OT environments.

The platform is built on Darktrace’s Self-Learning AI engine, which includes multiple types of Al that are applied directly to the data of each business so that it can learn the unique business operations in real-time to understand what is normal and what is not. Darktrace’s AI detects known and novel threats in real-time and provides an autonomous response that shuts down active threats without disrupting business operations.

New features and innovations unveiled today in the Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform include:

  • More explainable, automated, and customizable investigations for all alerts: Darktrace Cyber AI Analyst™ will now reveal the results of its investigations for every security alert, rather than just those escalated to an incident. This helps security analysts understand how the AI reached its conclusion and why escalation wasn’t required. Cyber AI Analyst also can now be customized to perform investigations that are tailored for each business’s unique needs.  Darktrace Cyber AI Analyst was first introduced in 2019 and uses AI trained to mirror how human security analysts conduct investigations. Unique in the industry, it automatically investigates every alert to completion and identifies precise response actions that can be taken autonomously to stop threats. Rather than security teams triaging a small portion of alerts, Cyber AI Analyst triages all of them. This reduces alert fatigue, time spent on triage, and frees up time for teams to proactively harden their security controls and refine incident handling procedures with insights provided by Darktrace.
  • Decryption: The platform will now include new integrations with third-party network solutions to provide decrypted traffic feeds and decryption keys for increased network visibility. It will also include native decryption for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac applications, including internet browsers.
  • New Firewall Rule Analysis to Pre-empt Threats:  Darktrace PREVENT/End-to-End, which provides pre-breach preparation, now includes the ability to analyze firewall rules and provide a more comprehensive view of potential unauthorized traversal points or attack paths within IT, OT or in between, identifying risks in configuration and pre-empt threats.


Additionally, Darktrace has released enhancements to its best-in-class email and OT security solutions, which can be purchased as stand-alone products based on each organization’s unique project needs.

As email continues to be the entry point for most attacks, Darktrace/Email™ will include new features that use AI to stop early-stage phishing and spot early symptoms of account compromise across a broader range of communications and increase SOC efficiency. The new features include:

  • New data loss prevention capabilities that use AI to detect abnormal user behavior and changes to content beyond those offered by native email providers, helping teams identify the full spectrum of accidental and malicious data loss.
  • Coverage for Microsoft Teams to detect and stop novel, insider, and sophisticated early phishing threats, often missed by other solutions, especially when communications span both collaboration and email tools.
  • New Darktrace/DMARC creates an easy way to help protect an organization’s brand with an industry first AI-assisted deployment of the Domain-based Message Authentication (DMARC) email authentication protocol to continuously stop others spoofing and phishing from a business’s domain names.
  • More robust account takeover protection that can now prevent lateral mail compromise with an addition to our AI behavioral profile for each user that spots early symptoms of account compromise and malicious insiders before a link or attachment payload is sent and exfiltration occurs.
  • Reducing reporting of benign emails by up to 60 percent by providing end-users with a natural language summary of why an email may or may not be malicious. This helps improve their knowledge and decrease the risk of successful phishing attempts, while also lowering the time spent by security teams analyzing false positive reports.
  • New behavioral link analysis capabilities that can reveal hidden intent within interactive and dynamic webpages to help users and security teams detect more sophisticated malicious phishing links.


OT systems, particularly those that power critical infrastructure such as water, health care and utilities, continue to be heavily targeted by nation-state threat actors and ransomware gangs. To help protect these critical assets, Darktrace/OT™ includes new capabilities that go beyond traditional Common Vulnerability and Exposure (CVE) scoring to help organizations identify, prioritize, mitigate, and continuously review the risks and potential attack paths that are specific to their OT infrastructure. In addition to identifying and prioritizing risks more effectively, Darktrace/OT can now evaluate each business’s defenses against the tactics of Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Groups. Darktrace maps MITRE techniques and known threat groups tools, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) against unique attack paths identified within the business.


New features in the Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform are expected to be available in early calendar Q2 2024.

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