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Microsoft, Darktrace join forces to reinforce cyber defences

Software giant Microsoft has partnered with autonomous cyber security and AI firm Darktrace, in a bid to enhances threat detection capability.

user icon Charbel Kadib
Mon, 10 May 2021
Microsoft, Darktrace join forces to reinforce cyber defences
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Darktrace has confirmed it has entered into a partnership with Microsoft, in a bid to provide mutual customers with enterprise scale, self-learning AI, designed to detect and autonomously respond to cyber threats.

The partnership is expected to build on Darktrace’s self-learning AI technology for cyber security within Microsoft environments, including Microsoft 365 and cloud applications like Azure Sentinel.

According to Darktrace, the partnership provides enhanced security across multi-platform and multi-cloud environments, automates threat investigations, and enables teams to prioritise urgent strategic tasks.


The reported benefits of this new arrangement include:

  • Cyber AI email security: Antigena Email — which uses Darktrace’s autonomous response technology to stop advanced email threats — will be hosted on Microsoft Azure and listed on Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
  • Simplified and streamlined security workflows: Integration of Darktrace’s services with Azure Sentinel, allowing users to send and visualise Darktrace threat alerts and automated threat investigation reports inside Sentinel.
  • Seamless data integration: One-click integrations that allow users to connect Darktrace’s AI detection capabilities to Microsoft Defender for endpoint.

“As cyber attacks become increasingly sophisticated, AI is adding a deeper level of protection in detecting these threats,” Clare Barclay, CEO, Microsoft UK, said.

“The partnership between Microsoft and Darktrace will help keep organisations secure, enabling them to focus on their core business and customers.”

Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of Darktrace, added, “I am proud to be partnering with Microsoft, bringing Darktrace’s Cyber AI and autonomous response into joint customer environment.

“Everywhere Microsoft runs, Darktrace secures.”

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres

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