Microsoft acquires Israeli security firm that uses AI to mitigate security threats

Posted 08 June 2017 21:30 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft has acquired Israeli security firm Hexadite, the software giant today announced. Hexadite develops software that uses artificial intelligence to automate responses to cyber attacks. The technology should end up in Microsoft Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service for commercial Windows 10 customers.

Hexadite claims to be able to automatically investigate and mitigate all kinds threads. According to the company this is different from existing solutions that generate all kinds of warnings but on which most companies don’t have the resources to check and act upon.

The solution of the Israeli company, founded in 2014 by veterans of an intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces, integrates through email, system logs and programming interfaces with existing detection software to investigate warnings.

It’s unclear how much Microsoft paid for the company. In May the Israeli website Calcalist reported that the company would be acquired by Microsoft for $100 million.


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