Microsoft acquires security solutions developer Aorato

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 14 November 2014
Microsoft acquires security solutions developer Aorato

Microsoft has acquired Israel-based security solutions developer Aorato to provide customers with increased visibility into their identity infrastructure and better protection against cyber threats.

Co-founded by veterans of the Israeli defence forces, Aorato builds security solutions that are available as enterprise services in the cloud and in hybrid on-premise and cloud environments.

Aorato’s technology uses machine learning capabilities to understand how a company’s network is normally used and then identifies anomalies, detecting suspicious activity, such as multiple guesses of a user’s credentials. This enables the company to take appropriate measures to help protect its data and systems from fraud.

“Nearly every day there are more headlines about breaches, fraud and data loss,” said Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, in a blog post. “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.”

Key to Aorato’s approach is the Organizational Security Graph, a continuously updated view of all of the people and machines accessing a company’s Windows Server Active Directory. This is where user identities are stored and access is administered to critical business applications and systems.

“We are excited about the technology that Aorato has built and especially the people joining the Microsoft team through this acquisition,” said Numoto. “In the mobile-first, cloud-first era, Microsoft is committed to moving nimbly and aggressively to provide customers with solutions to their top challenges.”

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