Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Aorato, an Israeli security startup. This acquired technology will give Azure customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure.
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 our enterprise customers should be able to easily take advantage of Aorato’s technology. This will complement similar capabilities that we have developed for Azure Active Directory, our cloud-based identity and access management solution.
Aorato’s message on its website,
We are excited to inform you that we have been acquired by Microsoft.
At our core, Aorato has always been focused on strengthening enterprise security, by giving customers deeper visibility into their Active Directory and identity infrastructure with an emphasis on user behavior intelligence and analytics. Joining Microsoft gives us a unique opportunity to pursue this vision, and help customers at the broadest possible scale.
With this acquisition, we will cease selling our Directory Services Application Firewall (DAF) product. As part of Microsoft, we will share more on the future direction and packaging of these capabilities at a later time.
Thank you to all who have supported Aorato