The Missing Link strengthens Grant Thornton defences through Darktrace

Powered by machine learning and AI algorithms, the enterprise immune system offering will be delivered as-a-service
Aaron Bailey (The Missing Link)

Aaron Bailey (The Missing Link)

Grant Thornton Australia has deployed a cyber security solution capable of detecting threats in real-time through artificial intelligence (AI), following a partnership with The Missing Link and Darktrace.

Powered by machine learning and AI algorithms, the enterprise immune system offering will be delivered as-a-service by the Sydney-based security specialists.

From a technology perspective, the solution - built by Darktrace - learns the “pattern of life” for every user and device on the network, before detecting known and unknown threats as they emerge.

“With Darktrace, we were able to immediately capture, filter and present intelligent insights into our environment more efficiently than ever before,” Grant Thornton Australia information security manager, Gavin Townsend, added.

“The enterprise immune system not only augments our security team in detecting subtle anomalies, but is used extensively across IT functions and is openly discussed by our C-Suite. It is exciting to be leveraging a technology that is maturing well ahead of the curve.”

Operating as a member firm within Grant Thornton International - a worldwide assurance, tax and advisory organisation - Grant Thornton Australia employs more than 1,200 people locally, handling sensitive operational and financial data of some of the country’s largest corporations and public sector agencies.

“Grant Thornton Australia joins a growing number of organisations proactively harnessing the power of machine learning to tighten their cyber defences and discover unknown risks,” Darktrace managing director, Sanjay Aurora, added.

“As the cyber security landscape intensifies, Darktrace enables enterprises to catch and stop all manner of threats, from machine-speed ransomware to low-and-slow attacks, before a crisis occurs.”

The deployment comes as Darktrace - which is headquartered jointly between the US and the UK - joins the Lord Mayor of London in his trade mission to Australia and New Zealand this week, organised by City of London.

“Having robust cyber security plans is crucial for all businesses in today’s inter-connected and increasingly digital world,” Lord Mayor Charles Bowman added.

“Cyber security is a sector in which the UK leads the world, and Darktrace is a real feather in the UK’s cyber security cap.”

Built by mathematicians, Darktrace technology is billed as “self-learning”, requiring no set-up to identify threats in real time, including zero-days, insiders and stealthy, silent attackers.