Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan

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Job title of nominated professionalChief Executive Officer
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Darktrace
Websitehttps://www.darktrace.com/en/
Company size (employees)1,000 to 4,999
Headquarters RegionNorth America

In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:

• The World Economic Forum recently named cyber-attack the greatest non-environmental threat to mankind. Under Nicole Eagan’s leadership, Darktrace’s unique approach has become the most effective solution to this global challenge, as its AI algorithms have consistently detected never-before-seen attacks that traditional security tools simply cannot.
• As co-CEO, Ms. Eagan has overseen Darktrace’s meteoric rise as the leading player in AI cyber security. Named to the 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 and Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Darktrace has a four-year growth rate of 2,446% as of November 2019.
• Ms. Eagan has led internal and external efforts to solve the gender disparity in the cyber security field. Darktrace maintains a roughly equal number of male and female employees in an industry where women only make up about 20% of the workforce.

Overview

Nicole Eagan has worked tirelessly to deliver Darktrace to more than 3,000 customers worldwide, demonstrating why its unique approach is singularly capable of thwarting today’s most sophisticated cyber-attacks. Unlike traditional security tools that rely on predefining “bad” to detect known threats, Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System leverages AI algorithms to self-learn the ‘pattern of life’ for each user, device, and network that it safeguards. This evolving understanding of ‘self’ empowers Darktrace AI to spot the full complement of cyber-attacks in real-time, from subtle insider threats to fast-acting ransomware to never-before-seen trojans. Once detected, the Enterprise Immune System’s first-of-its-kind Cyber AI response technology, Darktrace Antigena, autonomously neutralizes these attacks across the entire digital infrastructure.

Under Ms. Eagan’s guidance, Darktrace has come to defend smart cities like Las Vegas, whose water reclamation system and industrial IoT sensors were imperiled by state-sponsored threat actors. Because the highly bespoke nature of such smart infrastructure renders standard, off-the-shelf security tools insufficient, Ms. Eagan has travelled the world to explain why adaptive AI cyber defenses are a necessity in building the cities of tomorrow.

Ms. Eagan has established herself as one of the most prominent voices in the industry, helping to raise critical awareness about topics ranging from AI-powered threats to regulatory compliance to cyber-risk. She has discussed security policy with former Prime Minister David Cameron in addition to visiting American embassies on official trade missions and speaking at landmark events like the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity Annual Meeting. Her commitment to changing the way organizations combat cyber-attacks — which experts project will cost the global business community more than a trillion dollars in 2019 — continues to transform her industry.