Darktrace has surpassed the 500 customer mark in Asia Pacific in response to uptake of the vendor’s Cyber AI Platform.
Key customers leveraging the artificial intelligence (AI) offering include Singapore-based Farrer Park Group and Australian retail pharmacy chain Chemist Warehouse, in addition to Samsung Electronics and Otsuka Pharmaceutical of South Korea and Japan respectively.
Such growth has seen the security specialist double headcount across the region, housing more than 170 employees across 13 locations, including Singapore, Osaka, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
“As Asia Pacific organisations continue on digital transformation journeys, Darktrace AI’s ability to secure diverse digital estates consisting of cloud and IoT devices has never been more important,” said Sanjay Aurora, managing director of Asia Pacific, Darktrace.
Within this customer base, Aurora said more than 60 financial services organisations, over 30 government agencies and in excess of 15 telecommunications providers have leveraged the platform.
”Darktrace is a critical ally for Asia Pacific businesses as they adopt new technologies and face increasingly advanced attacks,” Aurora added. “The tremendous growth we have seen in the region is evidence of the unparalleled power of Darktrace’s Cyber AI Platform.”
From a channel perspective, the vendor goes to market through an ecosystem which includes value-added resellers, managed security service providers and technology partners, in addition to boutique consultancy firms.
In Asia Pacific, spending on security related hardware, software and services is forecast to reach US$16 billion in 2019, representing an increase of 20 per cent compared to 2018, according to IDC.
“The Asia Pacific region recognises that it’s no longer ‘under-the-radar’ as far as breaches, hacks, and legislation is concerned,” observed Simon Piff, vice president of security, IDC Asia Pacific. “For too long, business leaders were underinvesting in this category.
“We see this changing lately but a bit late to be able to find the needed skills in the market, hence the incremental growth expected in the services segment. Governments prioritising this as part of their agenda is good, but it could also be backed by better legislation in many markets.”