Microsoft plans to acquire Israeli cloud security firm Adallom, as first reported by the Calcalist financial news service on Monday. This is just the latest move by Microsoft to beef up the security of its cloud offerings, such as a cloud deployment of Microsoft Dynamics GP. This commitment by Microsoft to security answers one of the biggest concerns customers have when considering moving to the cloud.
Founded in 2012, Adallom monitors individuals’ use of SaaS (software as a service) solutions and singles out anomalies, and its major customers include LinkedIn and Netflix. Adallom will continue to operate in Israel, and it will now serve as Microsoft’s center of operations in that nation.
Adallom works for any user on any device on any network, and can be deployed in less than 10 minutes. Its API mode integrates into the framework of enterprise cloud applications, and its platform provides complete control without breaking application functions. You can also deploy hybrid modes, such as API mode for normal usage and proxy mode for unmanaged device access. Adallom helps its customers to:
- Monitor privileged user accounts.
- Prevent sensitive data leakage to unmanaged devices.
- Manage sharing of confidential corporate data.
- Identify malicious data exfiltration.
- Address regulatory and compliance mandates for data in the cloud.
Adallom promises that SaaS applications can be as secure as on-premises applications. They deliver “visibility, governance, and protection for the top SaaS applications used by businesses worldwide.” Adallom aims to help organizations accelerate agility without compromising security.
Microsoft is obviously keen on cloud security, because earlier this year they purchased another Israeli security firm, Aorato. Aorato uses an organization’s Active Directory to learn, profile, and predict entities’ behaviors, providing advanced threat analytics.