Industry Verticals

Energy & Utilities

Energy and utility companies play a vital role in delivering essential services to millions of people and companies worldwide. It is paramount that their OT networks are adequately defended, as disruptions and breaches could have significant knock-on effects. Already, we have seen the outcomes of these kinds of attacks, such as the 2015 and 2016 cyber-attacks against the Ukrainian power grid which left approximately 230,000 people without power.

The complex nature of energy and utility infrastructures adds a further challenge when it comes to suitably protecting the critical services they provide. With both transmission and distribution networks to protect, as well as central and remote sites, the unique environment in which these companies are operating requires a higher level of visibility. In addition, new technologies such as smart meters and remote working tools continue to influence the evolving cybersecurity needs of the industry.

Regardless of network topology, Darktrace Industrial can provide complete visibility of RTUs, and remote OT such as substations and compressors. By monitoring from a central location, and deploying small probe appliances into substations, Darktrace Industrial models and protects entire power grids and utility systems.

Darktrace is the only company that uses mathematical analysis and machine learning to detect potential threats, allowing us to stay ahead of evolving risks.
Mike Somers, IT and Security Manager, Open Energi

Oil & Gas

In recent years, the oil and gas industry has seen rapid growth in terms of the digitalization of its operations. Whilst the benefits of this have been huge, it has significantly increased cyber-risk. Oil and gas companies must now protect connected field devices, sensors and control systems, as well as traditional devices, often in low-bandwidth and challenging environments.

As the complexity of industrial networks grow, and cyber-attacks on OT increase in frequency and sophistication, legacy tools are no longer sufficient. In 2017, the Ponemon Institute reported that 68% of companies in the oil and gas sector had experienced at least one cybersecurity compromise in the past year. Given the potential for loss of financial assets and the risks to employee safety, cybersecurity must be considered a priority.

Relied on by some of the largest oil and gas companies around the world, Darktrace Industrial helps cut through the complexity and proactively protect these infrastructures from the most advanced cyber-threats. Whether upstream, midstream or downstream, Darktrace Industrial can be deployed at every stage, to protect oil and gas production and transportation.

Recognizing the diverse and difficult environments that oil and gas companies operate in, Darktrace Industrial appliances can support low-bandwidth and remote environments through the use of ruggedized industrial probes. Remote deployments on rigs can include local modeling and analysis, as well as central correlation for security monitoring of all assets.

Manufacturing

As manufacturers continue to innovate and integrate cutting-edge technologies into their day-to-day business operations, they are increasingly attracting more sophisticated attackers. From automated shop floors, to connected supply chains, the modern factory contains a large degree of interconnectivity between OT and IT systems. This level of interconnectivity allows business critical operations to run smoothly by enabling real-time analysis of data and processes.

However, this convergence of OT and IT has expanded the attack surface and opened new inroads for sophisticated cyber-attacks and insider threats. For this reason, it is essential for manufacturers to adequately protect their critical business operations, which if disrupted can lead to significant financial losses and reputational damage.

By deploying appliances in both the control system and the business network, Darktrace Industrial provides a single point of analysis, allowing security personnel to centrally monitor all network activity, from ongoing regular PLC traffic, to distributed IIoT sensor grids. Darktrace Industrial defends some of the most complex manufacturing environments around the world, including FMCG giants and leading pharmaceutical, chemical, and automotive companies.

Machine learning can detect things that we can’t predict and define. It’s like finding a needle in an enormous haystack.
Stuart Berman, Information Security Architect, Steelcase

Transportation

The transport industry is undergoing a transformation of unprecedented scale fueled by the accelerated adoption of new technologies, from IoT to AI. From smart train tracking to monitoring for emerging weather risks to automating signaling infrastructures, these technologies have streamlined processes and increased efficiency, while also offering invaluable insights. Meanwhile, customer-facing technology, such as ePassport gates, ticket machines, and Wi-Fi networks have significantly enhanced passenger experience.

As technology becomes increasingly decentralized and autonomous, the challenge of securing the transport industry’s distributed infrastructures against cyber-threat whilst maintaining a high-level of service grows. The risks of disruption to physical assets, interruption of services, and data theft have never been greater. Yet traditional tools come ill-prepared for fending off novel and sophisticated threats, which frequently slip into networks undetected.

Darktrace Industrial defends some of the world’s most complex transportation environments across the globe, including leading organizations in the rail, aviation, and automotive sectors. Irrespective of whether the threat is posed by a malicious insider, a nation-state, or an organized group targeting OT environments, the Industrial Immune System enables transportation organizations to regain the advantage over fast-moving and silent cyber-threats.

Darktrace is a game-changer.
Louis Kangurs, Head of IT Services, Virgin Trains

Case Studies

ZPower

Leading Manufacturer of High-Energy Microbatteries

Established in 1996, ZPower is a leading manufacturer of rechargeable, silver-zinc microbatteries. Faced with an unfamiliar and fast-evolving threat landscape, that includes subtle attacks, insider threats, and ransomware, ZPower’s IT team sought to develop a robust security stack that could help mitigate these risks.

BH Global

Maritime Electrical Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing

Established since 1963, BH Global Corporation Ltd is a Singapore SGX mainboard listed group providing supply chain management, design and manufacturing and engineering services to the marine and offshore and oil and gas industries. BH Global also has a security division that provides Enterprise IT security services, night visions security, and infrared health screening. A leader in each of its sectors of business, BH Global provides integrated and advanced solutions collectively across multiple industries.

MACOM

Global Technology Company

MACOM decided to deploy Darktrace’s award-winning technology across its complex system, due to its unique capability to detect emerging abnormal behaviors and threats as they occur, without requiring any a priori knowledge. Darkrace is powered by machine learning and probabilistic mathematics from the University of Cambridge, which enables it to establish a ‘pattern of life’ specific to MACOM’s network allowing it to report any deviations from ‘normal’ behavior, which may be indicative of a serious breach. In this way, MACOM is kept up-to-date about its network activity and informed of incidents in real time.

Steelcase

Global Furniture Manufacturer

This industry-leading furniture manufacturer was keen to defend its critical data assets from any potential compromise to its intellectual property and designs, confidential corporate information or customer data. Furthermore, the company was increasingly aware of the limitations of perimeter defenses and legacy approaches, which are unable to detect insider threat.

Saniflo

Leading International Manufacturer

Saniflo is a French-owned subsidiary of leading global manufacturer the SFA Group, selling plumbing technology for residential and commercial premises. Eager to maintain its reputation for technical expertise and quality of service, Saniflo was looking for a cyber security solution capable of keeping up with a constantly-evolving cyber threat landscape, which could also provide full network visibility.

Sunsweet Growers

World’s Largest Manufacturer of Dried Fruit

Founded in 1917, Sunsweet is the world’s largest manufacturer of dried fruit, controlling more than a third of the global prune market. In order to help secure the sensitive data of nearly 300 grower-members, Sunsweet deployed Darktrace to detect emerging threats, in real-time. By relying on the latest advancements in unsupervised machine learning and artificial intelligence, it has increased productivity while enjoying greater confidence in its ability to stay abreast of a threat landscape that is increasingly characterized by speed, sophistication, and automation.

Aqua-Leisure Industries

Global Sporting Goods Manufacturer

In an effort to protect its intellectual property and sensitive customer, employee, and partner information, Aqua-Leisure deployed Darktrace’s innovative self-learning technology to detect emerging cyber-threats, in real time, without any prior assumptions of known ‘bad’. Because Darktrace’s technology is constantly evolving its understanding of ‘normal’, it grows and adapts as the company expands. With Darktrace, Aqua-Leisure can remain proactive in the face of a threat landscape characterized by machine-speed, sophisticated attacks.

Birmingham Airport

British International Airport

As a key transport hub, Birmingham International Airport describes how Darktrace has bolstered its IT security team, by identifying and mitigating cyber-threats as they unfold.

H&M International Transportation

Leading Transportation Company

H&M manages over 1.5 million containers per year and provides a host of services to support and facilitate effective supply chain management, including steamship lines, intermodal trucking, and warehousing and distribution. The company’s attack surface was rapidly multiplying as its operations expanded, and having positioned itself as an early champion of increased integration in the industry, taking a proactive approach to cyber security was of paramount business importance.

FirstGroup plc

British Transport Group

Transport systems are becoming increasingly interconnected via digital applications, making them more susceptible to cyber-attacks. FirstGroup was aware that new attack vectors meant that its critical systems and networks were vulnerable to new and evolving cyber-threats from all over the world, and decided to deploy Darktrace’s technology into the core of its network, in order to enhance its ability to defend itself against potential damaging cyber incidents.

Virgin Trains

Leading UK Rail Operator

Virgin Trains, part of the world renowned Virgin Group, chose to deploy Darktrace's mathematics-driven 'immune system' technology, due to its unique ability to detect threats that bypass other legacy security controls in real time, as they emerge on the network. In doing so, Virgin Trains have succeeded in striking the balance of protecting its information and brand, while continuing to leverage global interconnectivity and human creativity.

Milan-Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport

Major Italian Airport

The digitization of airport practices creates potential vulnerabilities and possible entry-points for cyber adversaries. This is a pressing concern for Orio al Serio International Airport which, as part of Italy’s critical national infrastructure, is already a likely target for malicious attacks. As such, the airport was keen to strengthen its cyber defense strategy with the latest, most innovative cyber technology available. After deploying Darktrace’s immune system technology, Orio al Serio International Airport is now alerted to genuinely anomalous behavior, that may be indicative of cyber-threat, in real time.

Drax

Major European Power Infrastructure Company

The Drax power station generates 7% of the UK’s power. Martin Sloan, Group Head of Security, explains why machine learning is critical to defend both his corporate network and critical industrial control systems.

Open Energi

British Smart Grid Company

Mike Somers, Information Systems and Security Manager at Open Energi, a British smart grid company, sets out his security challenges.

Energy Saving Trust

Leading UK Energy Saving Organization

Insider and external threats were a major challenge at Energy Saving Trust. Information Technology Manager Glen Haughton explains why.

Apave

Major Risk Management Company

The stakes of cyber-threats in this sector are high given the possible implications on the integrity of national critical infrastructure. As a large company with an extensive customer base, spanning several global locations, Apave has many users on its network at all times. Given the limitations of traditional legacy tools in detecting potential insider threat, the company wanted to focus less on perimeter defense and more on the activity inside its network.

Energy+

Canadian Energy Distribution Company

This leading Canadian local distribution company was concerned about fast-moving and automated threats, like ransomware, that has the potential to compromise its network within minutes. By arming itself with Darktrace’s innovative self-learning technology, Energy+ has renewed confidence in its security stack’s ability to detect and mitigate evolving and increasingly automated attacks.

City of Las Vegas

Legislative Governing Body

Michael Sherwood, CIO of City of Las Vegas, explains how implementing Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System with its autonomous defense capability fundamentally transformed their cyber security posture.

Bassadone Automotive Group

Gibraltar’s Leading Vehicle Supplier

Bassadone Automotive Group were looking for a cyber security solution capable of real-time threat detection in order to bolster its existing defense strategy and make sure it stays a step ahead of today’s cyber-threats.