Microsoft swallows start-up Adallom for $320 million

With the acquisition of the young Israeli Adallom, Microsoft offers a range of cloud tools dedicated to security and data collection in companies.

Microsoft is willing to pay $320 million to acquire Adallom, an Israeli start-up founded in December 2012 that specializes in cloud security. The services of this young shoot could help the Redmond firm to become a “cloud first” type publisher. Adallom provides security tools that collect usage data to detect suspicious activity. Its services are used by Netflix, SAP and Hewlett-Packard, according to the company’s website. The acquisition was reported yesterday Monday by the financial newspaper Calcalist.

A spokesperson for Adallom, however, declined to confirm this information, and Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment from our correspondents in San Francisco. Adallom could help strengthen the security of Microsoft products, including Office 365 and Yammer. Adallom’s tools give businesses more granular control over who has access to Office 365, or help identify anomalies in online office suite usage patterns, according to the company’s website.

A strategic brick for Microsoft

After the takeover of Aorato last year for its security services supported by a machine learning expert system, Microsoft is therefore adding a new exterior brick to strengthen the security of its solutions for its customers. Since he took the reins of the publisher as CEO, Satya Nadella has sought to position Microsoft as a leading company in cloud services, mobility and productivity (office automation, CRM, etc.).

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