Microsoft buys cloud security company

Microsoft has purchased a startup company that specialises in cybersecurity for cloud computing.

Adallom, an Israel-based company, has been sold to Microsoft for a reported $250m (£162m). Microsoft has been moving a lot of its software over to cloud computing in recent years, with many users now opting for Office software through cloud services.

Adallom’s services are designed to help consumers to “protect critical assets across cloud applications”, as described in a blog post by Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft vice-president. He pointed out that in recent years cyber-attacks have become more frequent and more advanced than they used to be. Customers using cloud services are still concerned about security and this is a problem for many IT departments that need to protect company data.

Adallom has already been working with applications such as Office 365, Dropbox and Salesforce. The company is just three years old and there are plans to use its technology in other Microsoft applications.

The purchase of Adallom was announced on the same day that Microsoft revealed it would be expanding its association with Dell to make more devices and services available for businesses that use Windows 10. Dell is due to start selling Surface Pro tablets in Canada and the US soon, with additional markets added in 2016. The aim of expanding this partnership is to offer top-quality support and services. Microsoft is planning to boost the capability of Windows 10, with most users able to get it as a free upgrade. Windows 10 is now used on around 75 million devices around the world.