Microsoft Deals for AI Security Orchestration Firm

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 04:06 PM gHale


Microsoft reached a deal to acquire Boston-based security orchestration firm Hexadite.

Hexadite’s flagship Automated Incident Response Solution (AIRS) is a tool the company said is “modeled after the investigative and decision-making skills of top cyber analysts and driven by artificial intelligence.”

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“By eliminating the need to tune down alert volume, Hexadite allows your existing security investments to operate at full capacity and deliver maximum value,” Hexadite said. “Hexadite AIRS integrates with any detection system via email, syslog or APIs to expedite deployment and investigate every alert.”

Microsoft said the acquisition will build on its current initiatives to help businesses using Windows 10 detect, investigate and respond to advanced attacks on their networks with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP).

“Microsoft is strengthening its Advanced Threat Protection offering by adding artificial intelligence-based automatic investigation and remediation capabilities, making response and remediation faster and more effective,” the company said. “With Hexadite, WDATP will include endpoint security automated remediation, while continuing the incredible growth in activations of WDATP, which now protects almost 2 million devices.”

“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,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft. “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.”

Hexadite headquarters are in Boston, with a team of researchers in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Following the close of the deal and after a period of integration, Hexadite will be fully absorbed into Microsoft as part of the Windows and Devices Group.

Hexadite has raised more than $21 million in funding since its founding in 2014.



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