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Microsoft’s recent flurry of activity snapping up security firms now includes a new acquisition… CloudKnox Security. Once again, this shows Microsoft’s commitment to deliver the most secure cloud products possible. The company is achieving that through its own robust security services, and by simply buying companies to fill any gaps.

In a blog post to confirm the deal, Joy Chik, corporate VP of Microsoft Identity, explains how CloudKnox Security will bolster the company’s wider cloud security services.

If you are unfamiliar with CloudKnox Security, it develops Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) services. As a leader in the space, the company allows organizations to manage permissions and privilege access. Using analytics, the platform protects against security breaches.

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CloudKnox will work on Microsoft Azure Active Directory to provide deeper visibility for customers, who can monitor and automate multi-cloud, cloud, and hybrid permissions. In the blog post, Chik explains how this will benefit organizations:

  • “Automated and simplified access policy enforcement in one integrated multi-cloud platform for all human and workload identities.
  • The widest breadth of signal-enabling, high-precision machine learning-based anomaly detections.
  • Seamless integration with other Microsoft cloud security services, including Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel.”

RiskIQ

This acquisition follows Microsoft’s deal to buy RiskIQ, which was announced earlier this month. The company is used by 30% of Fortune 500 organizations. With over 6,000 global customers, RiskIQ provides cloud security for giants such as Facebook, BMW, and even the US Postal Service.

Microsoft’s cloud security VP Eric Doerr said the acquisition allows customers to “build a more comprehensive view of the global threats to their businesses, better understand vulnerable internet-facing assets, and build world-class threat intelligence.”

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