The cloud is rapidly being used by businesses to reinvent every aspect of their operations. Customers are troubled by the increased sophistication and frequency of cyberattacks, which has expedited this digital transition through hybrid work. Microsoft announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire RiskIQ, a global leader in threat intelligence and attack surface management, in order to help our shared customers gain a more comprehensive view of global threats to their businesses, better understand vulnerable internet-facing assets, and develop world-class threat intelligence.

Organizations are increasingly operating their apps, infrastructure, and even IoT applications across different clouds and hybrid cloud environments as they drive digital transformation and embrace the concept of Zero Trust. The internet is effectively becoming their new network, and it’s becoming increasingly important to comprehend the whole reach of their assets in order to decrease their attack surface.

RiskIQ assists businesses in identifying and assessing the security of their entire corporate attack surface, including the Microsoft cloud, Amazon Web Services, other clouds, on-premises, and from their supply chain. RiskIQ can help businesses detect and restore susceptible assets before an attacker can exploit them, thanks to its more than a decade of experience scanning and analyzing the internet.

RiskIQ Cofounder and CEO Elias Manousos said, “The vision and mission of RiskIQ is to provide unmatched internet visibility and insights to better protect and inform our customers and partners’ security programs. We’re thrilled to add RiskIQ’s Attack Surface and Threat Intelligence solutions to the Microsoft Security portfolio, extending and accelerating our impact. Our combined capabilities will enable best-in-class protection, investigations, and response against today’s threats.”

RiskIQ also provides worldwide threat intelligence gathered from all around the internet, crowdsourced through its PassiveTotal community of security researchers and analyzed using machine learning. To detect and neutralize attacks fast, organizations can use RiskIQ threat intelligence to obtain context on the source of assaults, tools and systems, and indicators of compromise.

The combination of RiskIQ’s attack surface management and threat intelligence allows security teams to collect, graph, and detect links between their digital attack surface and attacker infrastructure and actions, allowing them to deliver better protection and response times.

With Microsoft 365 Defender, Microsoft Azure Defender, and Microsoft Azure Sentinel, Microsoft has long been a leader in providing end-to-end cloud-native security in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments, helping organisations protect, detect, and respond to attacks. Microsoft  will continue with their commitment to help customers secure their growing digital estate against increased cyber threats with the purchase of RiskIQ.

Microsoft will continue to maintain, develop, and build RiskIQ’s robust customer base and security professional community. To better serve our mutual customers, RiskIQ’s technology and personnel will be a valuable complement to our security portfolio.