Microsoft Buys Cloud Security Startup CloudKnox Security

Microsoft has acquired cloud security startup CloudKnox Security for an undisclosed sum of money. CloudKnox is a pioneer in the field of Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) solutions. CloudKnox gives users total control over privileged access. It uses continuous analytics to help avoid security breaches and guarantee compliance by helping businesses right-size permissions and continuously apply least-privilege principles. This would to Microsoft’s “all-encompassing” approach to cloud security.

Using proprietary Activity-based Authorization technology, CloudKnox Security is a cloud security platform developed from the bottom up to allow the monitoring and control of identities, activities, and resources across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. CloudKnox helps improve how companies execute the principle of least privilege and Zero Trust Architecture for their hybrid and multi-cloud environments with an extendable single platform. CloudKnox is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Azure Active Directory

Through the acquisition, clients of Microsoft Azure Active Directory would now be able to achieve granular visibility, continuous monitoring, and automatic remediation for hybrid and multi-cloud permissions thanks to the acquisition of CloudKnox Security.

In this blog post about the acquisition of CloudKnox Security, Microsoft stated that it is dedicated to delivering unified privileged access management, identity governance, and entitlement management to our clients, which would include:

  • Access policy enforcement for all human and workload identities is automated and simplified in a single integrated multi-cloud platform
  • The most comprehensive set of signal-enabling, high-precision machine learning-based anomaly detections available
  • Other Microsoft cloud security services, such as Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel, can be seamlessly integrated
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