Microsoft has confirmed recent reports that it has acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite.
Rumors first surfaced last month that Microsoft had snapped up Hexadite in a deal worth around $100 million, according to an article in local Israeli business publication the Calcalist, though Microsoft hasn’t officially disclosed terms of the deal.
Founded in 2014, Hexadite connects to existing cybersecurity detection systems to analyze threats automatically using artificial intelligence (AI), and helps companies identify and address cyberattacks swiftly when they happen. It accepts alerts from multiple sources, such as Syslog, email, and APIs, and helps security teams prioritize and manage multiple threats. The company raised a $8 million round of funding last year from Hewlett Packard Ventures, Ten Eleven Ventures, and YL Ventures, which was in addition to $2 million in seed funding it garnered previously.
Though it was founded out of Israel, where its researchers are still based, its official headquarters are now in Boston. As a result of the deal, which is still to be finalized, Hexadite will be “fully absorbed” into Microsoft as part of its Windows and Devices division, according to a statement.
“Our vision is to deliver a new generation of security capabilities that helps our customers protect, detect and respond to the constantly evolving and ever-changing cyberthreat landscape,” noted Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group. “Hexadite’s technology and talent will augment our existing capabilities and enable our ability to add new tools and services to Microsoft’s robust enterprise security offerings.”
More specifically, as a result of this acquisition Microsoft will be bringing AI to its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) for Windows 10 enterprise customers, with a view toward “making response and remediation faster and more effective,” according to Microsoft. WDATP is currently used to protect around two million enterprise devices, according to Microsoft, which didn’t translate that number into client numbers.