Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday announced it has bought Aorato, an enterprise security solutions provider. According to Microsoft's blog, the Israeli-based company leverages machine learning to detect suspicious activity on a company’s network.
The Redmond, Washington-based software giant did not disclose the terms of the acquisition. Tech Crunch today, however, reported that its sources put the deal at approximately $200 million in July, which is when the two companies began talking.
"We are making this acquisition to give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure," said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft, in the blog post.
Numoto said Aorato's technology "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."
He said the acquisition will accelerate Microsoft's "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."