Microsoft Seeks to Safeguard Business Data With Secure Islands Buy
The software giant's latest acquisition will complement its cloud-based technology for keeping sensitive data under wraps, Azure Rights Management Service.Microsoft announced today that it is acquiring Secure Islands, an Israeli data security specialist, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, according to the companies. IQProtector, Secure Islands' policy-based technology, "immunizes" corporate data by injecting protection within a file itself at the moment of creation, enabling businesses to classify, encrypt and manage sensitive information from the outset. Customers include Credit Suisse, HP, UBS and Vodafone. "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," said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, in a Nov. 9 announcement. "By joining Microsoft, we will be able to extend and expand our vision," remarked Aki Eldar, CEO of Secure Islands, in a brief blog post devoted to the deal. "Microsoft has been a long time partner and its leadership in enterprise IT, its resources and global reach will help us innovate and deliver new information protection capabilities to both our current and new customer base."
Microsoft plans to use Secure Islands' technology to bulk up Azure Rights Management Service's data protection capabilities, said Numoto. Suggesting the integration process will proceed smoothly, Numoto noted that the company's solutions are based on Microsoft's own work on rights management technologies.