November 27, 2014

Microsoft Acquires Israeli Start-Up To Enhance Enterprise Security

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By: Kylie Bull, Managing Editor 11/18/2014 ( 8:52am)

Microsoft has acquired Aorato, an Israeli enterprise security start-up. Microsoft posted on its blog on November 13 that the acquisition is intended to “give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure."

The purchase of Aorato is expected to accelerate Microsoft’s ability to give customers powerful identity and access solutions that span on-premises and the cloud, which is central to the software giant’s overall hybrid cloud strategy.

Aorato’s sophisticated technology uses machine learning to detect suspicious activity on a company’s network. It understands what normal behavior is and then identifies anomalies so a company can quickly see suspicious behavior and take appropriate measures to help protect itself.
Key to Aorato’s approach is the Organizational Security Graph, a living, continuously-updated view of all of the people and machines accessing an organization’s Windows Server Active Directory (AD).

AD is used by most enterprises to store user identities and administer access to critical business applications and systems. Therefore, most of Microsoft’s enterprise customers should be able to take advantage of Aorato’s technology. It will complement similar capabilities that Microsoft has developed for Azure Active Directory, its cloud-based identity and access management solution.

While the Microsoft blog post did not disclose the terms of the deal, the Wall Street Journal reported that the purchase price was around $200 million.
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