AI Case Study

United World College of South East Asia is providing security to its digital education by tackling cyber threats using machine learning

The UWCSEA is deploying the Enterprise Immune System to secure the network from the inside out and tackle cyber threat challenges, given its limited resources. Once installed, the technology gave instant visibility into every corner of the network, including rogue devices and BYOD, without the need to train the technology.

Industry

Public And Social Sector

Education And Academia

Project Overview

"To meet these challenges, UWCSEA deployed the Enterprise Immune System to secure the network from the inside out. Once installed, the technology gave instant visibility into every corner of the network, including rogue devices and BYOD, without the need to train the technology.

'Darktrace’s AI capabilities were proven the instant we deployed the technology,' commented Morgan. 'We could immediately see all devices on the 3D Threat Visualizer and, beyond that, see the most important areas of concern in real time. With so many devices to monitor, it truly speaks to the power of the technology that it can identify threats as they emerge.'

According to Darktrace: The technology alerted the security team to a serious anomaly within its network – a PC had been infected with malware – and no other tool from their security stack had reported the issue. The team was able to immediately take action and focus on remediating the problem before the infection could spread. Thanks to the Enterprise Immune System, UWCSEA has taken back control of its network. With unprecedented network visibility, it can see all devices and internal communications in real time. Due to the power of the AI algorithms, the technology is able to classify threats by their gravity, allowing the security team to focus on only the most important battles.

Shortly after the installation, Darktrace’s value was proven yet again. The technology alerted the security team to a serious anomaly within its network – a PC had been infected with malware – and no other tool from their security stack had reported the issue. The team was able to immediately take action and focus on remediating the problem before the infection could spread.
Thanks to the Enterprise Immune System, UWCSEA has taken back control of its network. With unprecedented network visibility, it can see all devices and internal communications in real time. Due to the power of the AI algorithms, the technology is able to classify threats by their gravity, allowing the security team to focus on only the most important battles."

Reported Results

The UWCSEA states the following results:

* Full network visibility via the 3D Threat Visualizer
* Use AI algorithms to detect emerging threats in real time
* Self-learning technology lessens the burden on security staff
* Continuous monitoring of rogue and BYOD devices

Technology

"Powered by unsupervised machine learning and AI algorithms, Darktrace works by establishing a ‘pattern of life’ for every user and device within UWCSEA’s network, as well as by understanding ‘self’ for the network as a whole. The technology is fully self-learning and does not depend on rules, signatures, or prior assumptions of ‘bad’. As such, it can automatically detect network anomalies, irrespective of their origin."

Function

Information Technology

Security

Background

"UWCSEA is one of the most well-respected schools in the APAC region. Each one of its students owns a personal device connected to the school’s network and is encouraged to use phones, computers and tablets for educational purposes. With over 200 applications and several thousand devices in the hands of students, UWCSEA’s vast network was exposed to risk at any point. In the face of a rapidly-evolving threat landscape, with large scale attacks that exploit IoT vulnerabilities, UWCSEA needed real-time visibility of all the devices on its network.


Compounding these challenges, as a non-profit institution, UWCSEA has limited resources. Its lean security team found it virtually impossible to sift through thousands of logs and attempt to spot threatening anomalies.

Knowing that a breach of its sensitive student and parent data could cause significant reputational damage, UWCSEA is determined to use the most innovative tools on the market to defend its network."

Benefits

Data