Microsoft has purchased Israeli enterprise security firm Aorato Ltd. for an undisclosed amount as the software giant looks to bolster its security options, particularly for its business customers.
The Wall Street Journal in July reported Microsoft was in negotiations to acquire Aorato at a possible purchase price of $200 million.
“With Aorato we will accelerate our ability to give customers powerful identity and access solutions that span on-premises and the cloud, which is central to our overall hybrid cloud strategy,” Microsoft cloud and enterprise marketing corporate vice-president Takeshi Numoto said in a blog post.
“We all know corporate security is more important than ever. Nearly every day there are more headlines about breaches, fraud and data loss. Unfortunately, compromised passwords, stolen identities and network intrusion are a fact of life. Companies need new, intelligent solutions to help them adapt and defend themselves inside the network, not just at its edge.”
Aorato uses machine learning to detect suspicious activity on a company’s network. By understanding normal behavior, it is then able to identify anomalies, enabling the client to take appropriate measures to help protect itself.
Microsoft said Aorato’s technology will complement the technology it has developed for its cloud-based Azure Active Directory.
Aorato is the fifth non-U.S. company Microsoft has acquired this year.