Darktrace, a global leader in cyber security artificial intelligence, today announced that several companies in the U.S. transport and logistics sector have adopted Darktrace’s AI technology to protect against sophisticated cyber-attacks.
U.S. transport and logistics organizations to have recently chosen Darktrace include:
- A leading railway company operating across 10+ states
- A warehousing and logistics provider with 2 million+ sqft of warehouse space
- A transportation hub connecting 11 state-wide and interstate transportation systems
- A leading retail logistics organization employing over 800 people
- A U.S.-based international maritime registry with 25+ offices across the world
The increasing digitization of transportation networks allows organizations in this space to optimize their operations, from scheduling to the transportation of passengers and goods, but the complex intersection of IT and OT devices represents a wealth of potential entry vectors for malicious actors. Darktrace reveals today that between March and September 2022, the U.S. accounted for the most incidents in the transport and logistics sector across Darktrace’s global customer base, making up 35% of all such incidents.
Having deployed Darktrace DETECTTM and Darktrace RESPONDTM capabilities across its corporate network nearly five years ago, one leading U.S. railway company has not only renewed its existing contract but extended coverage to its industrial and cloud environments in a multi-million-dollar deal. Transponders, emergency alert systems and a range of IoT found at railway stations such as ticket machines will now be monitored by Darktrace’s always-on detection system, and early indicator analysis will inform targeted autonomous actions taken to redress suspicious activity on the network such as unauthorized connection requests.
By extending the areas that Darktrace’s technology protects, the railway company has not only strengthened its overall security posture and heightened its ability to deal with threats quickly and precisely but is better equipped to comply with the Department of Homeland Security’s TSA cyber security regulations, which require the reporting of cyber security incidents at surface transport operators to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within 24 hours.
Operational technology is often bespoke to an organization, and legacy OT systems have varying degrees of baked-in and built-on security. Darktrace/OTTM can operate across all systems, forming a cohesive picture of an entire transport network.
“Every ticket machine, platform entry gate and control room at a train station forms part of the network, and the task of keeping all of these devices up-to-date and secure is immensely time-consuming for IT professionals,” said Brianna Leddy, Director of Analysis at Darktrace. “As the transport and logistics sector faces a growing level of sophisticated cyber-attacks, critical national infrastructure organizations are using AI-driven security to stop threats at the earliest possible stage before ordinary people are impacted by disruption.”