McLaren shores up defences with Darktrace deal

Formula One team brings onboard AI-powered cyber-security specialists.

McLaren shores up defences with Darktrace deal

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Formula One team McLaren have announced a multi-year partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) cyber-defence specialists Darktrace.

The deal sees the company designated as McLaren’s official AI cyber security partner, with Darktrace’s technology solutions integrated across the McLaren Group. Darktrace’s ‘Machine Fights Back’ technology, an automated defence tool, will now play a key role in McLaren’s cyber-security operation.

On its part, Darktrace gains visibility across McLaren’s inventory, including sensors on each of the Formula One team’s cars and branding on their rear wing, as well as the race suits of drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

McLaren Racing’s chief executive, Zak Brown, said: “Data is the lifeblood of our racing strategy and so strong cyber resilience is key to our success on the tracks.”

Darktrace chief executive, Poppy Gustafsson, added: “Cyber-attacks that seek to cause disruption to global events, as well as attacks that subtly steal coveted IP, are on the rise.

“We are proud that our technology is being trusted to automatically protect the McLaren team, enabling them to race to the finish line in the knowledge that their systems are secured by world-leading cyber AI.”

On the track, McLaren will hope to build on their fourth-placed finish in last season’s constructors' championship when the new campaign begins in March.