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Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Cloud Knox Security, a platform designed to protect resources and identities in multicloud and hybrid cloud environments. With the purchase, whose terms were not disclosed, Micros.ft says Azure customers will be able to apply appropriate-size permissions and minimum-privilege principles, employing constant analytics to prevent security breaches.

As organizations adapt to the work of hybrids and use more cloud services, virtual machines and containers spread. These entities have service accounts and related permissions, privileges and entitlements, some of which threaten to bring organizations against the new attack vector. Problemically, organizations have always struggled to assess and manage privileged access in cloud environments. Even though they will be part of the systems together, they still get an incomplete view of the privileged access.

Sunnyvale, California-based Cloud Knox, incorporated in 2015 by former VMware engineers Balaji Parimi and Rao Cherukuri, provides a service that leverages the activity-based authentication API to find and re-mediate more feature-rich machines and users. The company emerged from stealth in 2017 and the following year, in 2018, introduced its permission management product for its hybrid and multicloud infrastructures. It claims to have invented technology to administer the right to any identity – human or non-human, regardless of their origin. Any cloud structure with the same operating model

CloudCnox reveals who owns Amazon access to multicloud environments and endpoints, workspaces and workflows Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Microsoft Ft Azure, Google Cloud, Active Directories and VPN. Built-in tools monitor users and digital identification actions on resources on the clouds for discrepancies. And the identity management component spots suspicious changes in geographic location and client type.

Prior to the acquisition, 58-employee Cloud Knox raised 22 22.8 million in venture capital. Clearsky, Sorenson Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital and Foundation Capital were investors in previous funding rounds of the startup.

“We saw opportunities to provide even more value and seamless experience in hybrids and multi-clouds with the integration within the microcross ecosystem,” Parimi wrote in a blog post. Looking. Mutual customers to protect their multi-cloud and hybrid environments and strengthen their security posture. “

Strategic game

The market for cloud identification and access management solutions was valued at approximately 2020 1 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach .2 16.2 billion by 2027. (CIEM) Services – An area of ​​high interest due to digital transformation and the “Move Everything to the Cloud” initiative.

“The visibility for proper access to infrastructure-a-services (IAAS) is a significant concern for many organizations. “While many organizations focus on a multi-cloud approach to IAAS, while some platform vendors provide some limited capabilities here, the market will find tools that can significantly cover multiple IAAS environments,” Kelly said. . “The management of cloud infrastructure subscriptions is becoming a major challenge due to the rapid growth in their number and complexity, driven by multicloud, where subscriptions are inconsistently defined and configured. Traditional privileged management access management and identity governance and administration solutions have not addressed the need to manage entities that are highly grainy and dynamic. Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) platforms generally do not deliver identity-based controls related to account governance access governance, such as identity life cycle functions. “

In January, Microsoft reported more than સુરક્ષા 10 billion in security revenue in 2020 – more than 40% year-on-year, according to CNBC’s Jordan Novet. With the recent acquisition of cybersecurity startup Rescue, which poses risks to enterprise IT footprints, Cloudk no Knox has doubled down on technologies that are likely to increase demand as public cloud risks spread. According to Cyber ​​Security Ventures, global spending on cybersecurity products and services is expected to exceed 1 trillion over the five-year period from 2017 to 2021.

“As IT modernization often spreads across multiple clouds, cloud security and identity are paramount for most of our customers. Modern identity security requires all users and resources to be consistently protected in a multicloud and hybrid cloud environment,” said J.M. “As the corporate network perimeter disappears, it is crucial to establish a strong cloud identification foundation so that you can apply the least privileged access to protect business-complex systems while improving business agility,” Chick wrote in a press release. We are committed to making it easier to apply at least privileged enforce access to all user and workload identities. “

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