Microsoft acquires security firm Hexadite

Posted: 9th June 2017 09:03

Microsoft has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Hexadite, a security firm based in Boston and with researchers operating out of Israel. According to Microsoft, it plans to eventually integrate Hexadite's automated threat detection technology with its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection platform.

Today, Microsoft is strengthening its Advanced Threat Protection offering by adding artificial intelligence-based automatic investigation and remediation capabilities, making response and remediation faster and more effective. With Hexadite, WDATP will include endpoint security automated remediation, while continuing the incredible growth in activations of WDATP, which now protects almost 2 million devices.

When the deal is finalized, Hexadite will come under the purview of Terry Myerson and the Windows and Devices group. Myerson commented on the deal, stating:

"Our vision is to deliver a new generation of security capabilities that helps our customers protect, detect and respond to the constantly evolving and ever-changing cyberthreat landscape. Hexadite's technology and talent will augment our existing capabilities and enable our ability to add new tools and services to Microsoft's robust enterprise security offerings."

Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a recent report ahead of the acquisition pegged its value at around $100 million.

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