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Microsoft Acquires Security Orchestration Firm Hexadite

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Boston-based security orchestration firm Hexadite for an undisclosed sum.

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

“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 explains. “Hexadite AIRS integrates with any detection system via email, syslog or APIs to expedite deployment and investigate every alert.”

HexaditeMicrosoft says that 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 in the announcement. “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 has raised more than $21 million in funding since being founded in 2014. Rumors of the acquisition surfaced late last month, but the official announcement confirming the deal came on June 8.

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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.