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Microsoft snaps up Aorato to boost enterprise, hybrid cloud security

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Microsoft has bought Aorato, an Israeli security specialist that purports to give users better control over their “identity assets.”

In the blog post announcing the deal, Microsoft said Aorato

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).

Last summer, reports of a [company]Microsoft[/company] bid worth about $200 million for for Tel Aviv-based Aorato surfaced. Aorato had discovered a significant “pass the hash” security flaw in Microsoft’s Active Directory. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Adding Aorato to the mix should help bolster security of the Microsoft Azure–focused hybrid cloud identity game plan, according to the post by Takeshi Numoto, the Microsoft corporate VP in charge of cloud and enterprise marketing.

Security concerns continues to spook potential enterprise buyers of cloud technology which is one reason [company]Amazon[/company] trotted out a handful of new security services at AWS Re:Invent this week.