Microsoft to buy US-Israeli cyber firm Hexadite

In May, financial website Calcalist said Microsoft would pay $100 million for Hexadite. The purchase also follows a declaration by Microsoft in January that it meant to spend more than $1 billion on cybersecurity research.

To further expand upon what the company already provides, Microsoft has announced its intentions to acquire Hexadite, a company that offers agentless, automatic incident investigation and remediation solutions. Its research and development center operates in Israel.

Once closed, the acquisition will build on the successful work Microsoft is already doing to help commercial Windows 10 customers detect, investigate and respond to advanced attacks on their networks with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). "With Hexadite, WDATP will include endpoint security automated remediation", Microsoft said in a statement. "With Hexadite, WDATP will include endpoint security automated remediation, while continuing the incredible growth in activations of WDATP, which now protects nearly 2 million devices".

Microsoft said Hexadite will be "fully absorbed into Microsoft", joining its Windows and Devices Group.

Faced with an increasingly complex threat landscape, IT companies are snapping up security vendors that can help their customers avoid becoming the victims of a hack or breach. The company has been snapping up relevant technologies and startups since then, and Hexadite forms another company with products that will help the Redmond giant beef up security in face of increasingly complex cyber attacks.

Microsoft's Windows operating system has been a particular target of attack in recent months thanks to a leak of stolen hacking tools that belonged to the U.S. National Security Agency. The campaign hit hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries and required a rapid response by Microsoft to combat the spread of malicious attack.

  • Arturo Norris