Microsoft steps up cloud security with Adallom acquisition

Microsoft Corp is stepping up their cloud security by acquiring the assistance of a software maker that can handle the task at a level that is essential to the company.

They recently acquired Israeli security software maker Adallom for $250 million. They are asking the company to add products to protect its cloud as well as Office programs, according to Livemint.

Back in July, it was reported that the purchase price would be almost $320 million, which means they came to some sort of agreement at a lower price, but still worked for both sides. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant made the announcement on Tuesday through their blog post about the purchase.

The spark that initiated the purchase from Microsoft was their need to boost its cloud and productivity offerings. The programs from Adallom were a perfect fit to help manage existing security software that is automatically included with their products such as Office 365 and the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Adallom currently also works with products from, Box Inc. and Dropbox Inc. Founded in 2012, they are now headquartered in Palo Alto, California but have additional research and development operations in Tel Aviv.

Microsoft purchased two other Israeli companies in the past year. They purchased text-analysis startup Equivio in January as well as enterprise security firm Aorato Ltd. in November of 2014.

The three founders of Adallom are all veterans of the Israeli Army’s elite Unit 8200 intelligence corps which is a group that is likened to the US National Security Agency which has turned into a breeding ground for the country’s technology startups.

The company’s name, Adallom, is an abbreviation of the Hebrew phrase “ad halom,” which is translated to “up to here” and means “the last line of defense” in game theory.

As part of the purchase by Microsoft, Adallom’s founders will join them.

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