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Microsoft has announced its latest acquisition — Adallom — having snapped up the cloud security platform for an undisclosed sum.

Confirmation comes two months after rumors first emerged of a potential $320 million deal between the two companies.

Adallom’s software is used for monitoring cloud-based services such as Dropbox, Google Apps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Box, and Salesforce. When it establishes a typical usage pattern, it tells admins of any anomalies that could indicate security issues.

To the cloud

Microsoft has been pushing its cloud credentials of late, with chief executive Satya Nadella announcing back in June that creating “the intelligent cloud platform” would be one of three key investment areas moving forward.

And acquisitions are proving pivotal for the computing giant — last November it snapped up enterprise security startup Aorato, while back in June it bought the company behind productivity app Wunderlist, as part of its ambition to “reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” the company said at the time.

Microsoft said Adallom’s technology will complement some of its own existing tools, including Advanced Threat Analytics, which recently launched as a direct result of the Aorato acquisition.

Other notable acquisitions in recent months include FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform to incentivize sales teams; VoloMetrics, an organizational analytics technology startup; and FieldOne, a software firm that specializes in managing field workers.

Adallom was founded in 2012, and has offices in Palo Alto, California, and Tel Aviv. It has raised just shy of $50 million in funding to date.


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