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Microsoft to Reinforce Network Protection from Advanced Cyberthreats

Vivian Ikwuamaeze

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Hexadite, a company that delivers agentless, automatic incident investigation and remediation solutions.

The acquisition will build on the work Microsoft is already doing to help commercial Windows 10 customers detect, investigate and respond to advanced attacks on their networks with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, the company said in a press release. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Microsoft is strengthening its advanced threat protection against zero-day attacks, ransomware and other advanced cyberthreats with artificial intelligence-based automatic investigation and remediation capabilities, making response and remediation faster and more effective, the release said.

With Hexadite, WDATP will include endpoint security automated remediation.

"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 of the Windows and devices group at 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."

It's broadly estimated that data breaches can cost between $12 and $17 million per incident.