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November 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Microsoft buys cybersecurity startup Aorato

Microsoft has purchased Israeli cybersecurity firm Aorato.

Aorato’s technology monitors activity on a company’s network, searching for anomalies and suspicious behavior, Takeshi Numoto, a Microsoft vice president of cloud and enterprise marketing, said in a blog post about the deal.

“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,” Numoto said. “Most of our enterprise customers should be able to easily take advantage of Aorato’s technology.”

Microsoft would not disclose terms of the purchase. The Wall Street Journal reported the deal was valued at $200 million.

Aorato announced its official launch and $10 million in funding in January, but the company was first registered with Israel’s corporate regulator in 2011. The firm has offices in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, and New York City, according to its website.

Its management includes alumni of Foreity, a cybersecurity contractor later acquired by an Israeli technology consulting firm, as well as former software developers with the Israeli Defense Forces, according to Aorato’s website.

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