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Microsoft to Acquire Data Protection Firm Secure Islands

Microsoft announced on Monday that has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Israeli data protection firm Secure Islands for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Israel, Secure Islands provides data classification, protection and loss prevention technologies to help customers apply data protection to various applications and file types.

“This acquisition accelerates our ability to help customers secure their business data no matter where it is stored – across on-premises systems, Microsoft cloud services like Azure and Office 365, third-party services, and any Windows, iOS or Android device,” Takeshi Numoto , Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

Based on a central policy and managed from a central management console, Secure Islands’ platform embeds protection within information itself when it is created or initially accessed within an organization.

The move to acquire Secure Islands comes just two months after Microsoft announced that it had acquired Adallom, another Israeli security startup that helps organizations protect data in cloud applications. 

“Secure Islands’ technology enhances the data protection capabilities available today with Azure Rights Management Service, Microsoft’s cloud-based information protection solution,” Numoto added. “The company has long been a close Microsoft partner and built its solutions using our rights management technology.”

Microsoft plans to integrate Secure Islands’ technology into Microsoft Azure Rights Management Service to help customers meet data protection and compliance requirements.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.