Microsoft to acquire RiskIQ to Strengthen Cybersecurity

Microsoft is acquiring RiskIQ to uplift their users confidence in Microsoft’s security structure.

Microsoft is to to acquire RiskIQ – a global threat intelligence and attack surface management company, with the aim of aiding the company offer a better service to their users in security terms.

With this new service acquisition, Microsoft users would get “a more comprehensive view of the global threats to their businesses, better understand vulnerable internet-facing assets, and build world-class threat intelligence.”

According to Microsoft, with this acquisition, RiskIQ will help the company’s customers to discover and assess the security of their enterprise attack surface.

Eric Doerr Vice President, Cloud Security stated:

Microsoft is announcing that we have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RiskIQ, a leader in global threat intelligence and attack surface management, to help our shared customers build a more comprehensive view of the global threats to their businesses, better understand vulnerable internet-facing assets, and build world-class threat intelligence.

San Francisco-based RiskIQ makes cloud software for detecting  security threats, helping clients understand where and how they can be attacked on complex webs of corporate networks and devices. Its customers include Facebook Inc., BMW AG, American Express Co. and the U.S. Postal Service, according to the company’s web site.

Known for its annual report on security called the  “Evil Internet Minute,” RiskIQ has raised $83 million from firms like Summit Partners and Battery Ventures, according to Crunchbase. It was founded in 2009.

Commenting on the deal, RiskIQ co-founder and CEO Elias Manousos says that adding RiskIQ’s attack surface and threat intelligence solutions to the Microsoft security portfolio will “enable best-in-class protection, investigations and response against today’s threats.

We’re proud of the loyal customer base we’ve built and how far we’ve come. We now partner with hundreds of the Global 2,000, and our incredible community has grown to more than 100,000 security professionals that we’re excited to have as partners in this journey. We’ll continue to support, nurture, and grow this community with Microsoft. We’ll also continue to grow and work with the valued members of our Interlock Partner Program.

We’re joining Microsoft to extend and accelerate our reach and impact and are more committed than ever to executing our mission. We’ll work closely with our customers as we integrate RiskIQ’s complementary data and solutions with Microsoft’s Security portfolio to enable best-in-class solution attack surface visibility, threat detection, and response. 

Our technology and amazing people will be a powerful addition to Microsoft solutions. Together, we’ll empower CISOs and security operations teams to proactively detect and defend their enterprise against all threats, both on-premise and across multi-cloud

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