Microsoft buys Islraeli security startup Adallom for $320, plans Israel cybersecurity centre – report

Microsoft has reportedly acquired Adallom for $320m in a cloud security push

Microsoft has reportedly acquired Adallom for $320m in a cloud security push

Microsoft has apparently added Israeli cloud security startup Adallom to its arsenal, with multiple reports claiming the software company paid nearly $320m for the firm. The reports also suggest Microsoft is planning to open a cyber security centre in the region using some of the local talent it has acquired.

Adallom has not confirmed the acquisition, while Microsoft spokespeople told BCN that the company has “nothing to share” about the reports.

Adallom (an abbreviation of the Hebrew saying “ad halom,” which means “up to here” or “the last line of defence”) is a security service that integrates with the authentication chain of a range of SaaS applications and lets IT administrators monitor usage for every user on each device.

The software works with a conjunction of end-point and network security solutions and has a built-in, self-learning engine that analyses user activity on SaaS applications and assesses the riskiness of each transaction in real-time, alerting administrators when activity becomes too risky for an organisation given its security policies.

The company, which has its headquarters in California and a research and development outfit in Israel, was founded by cybersecurity veterans Assaf Rappaport, Ami Luttwak and Roy Reznik in 2012.

The acquisition, first reported by Israeli business paper Globes, comes over half a year after its last security purchase; according to that report Microsoft plans to put Adallom and a number of other Israeli startups at the core of a new cybersecurity centre in Israel, a thriving hub from cybersecurity startups.

In November last year Microsoft ended months of speculation when it confirmed it bought another Israel-based security startup, Aorato, which offered software that tracks user behaviour when accessing applications linked to Active Directory, both in the cloud and on premise.