Microsoft Corp. is reported to have its sights set on yet another start-up. This time, the company on their agenda is a small yet promising Israeli cloud security firm called Adallom. According to sources, it is believed that the tech giant will pay $320 million to make Adallom a part the company. However, despite the great security benefits the start-up could bring to Microsoft, many fear these benefits aren’t worth the likely threats that could arise if the firm goes through with the deal.
Adallom focuses on security software research and development in Israel. The company is headquartered in California. It is believed the small company is making headway is the realm of cyber security. Among its services, Adallom acts as a cloud access broker. This means the start-up gives safe access to cloud services for its customers. It also offers cloud auditing service that keep an eye on cloud applications in order to detect and prevent suspicious behaviour.
Although Adallom forefronts security, there are those who fear that it would make Microsoft more prone to data breaches.
“Microsoft’s cloud resource might not be prone to external breaches,” commented an expert in Cloud Security Assessment (CSA). “But chances are it can be vulnerable to a malicious insider.”
Threats Faced By Microsoft
Despite the start-up’s great grasp on cloud security, it is both founded and lead by people with ties to Israeli Intelligence Corps. Its CEO and vice president were part of the Israel Defense Force. It is thought this may render Microsoft Corp liable to political risks.
Political risks are not the only reason for doubt though. Added to the list of concerns are the weaknesses that come with sharing tech. It is likely that Adallom could go on making tech and improving it in Israel after the deal goes through.
“Given the jurisdictional issues involved, there is also an overwhelming probability that Microsoft Corp may be exposed to shared technology vulnerabilities.” relayed the CSA expert.
There’s Nothing to Worry About
Andrew Plato of security consultation agency Anitian does not share the high doubts of others. He has conveyed his confidence in the firm’s ability to spot a great deal and that the company is more than capable of assessing its risks. He believes buying the start-up is “logical and fits with its ongoing efforts to boost security in its cloud services”. He also added that Microsoft has upgraded its own Advanced Threat Analytics Software greatly.
Microsoft Spies on Windows 10 Users
The OS has been doing very well. It boosted the firms user base greatly in matter of weeks after its launch. The OS is free. But it seems as though there is price for that comes with this freedom.
Keyloggers has been found in the latest OS update. This is done to record user feedback in order help them improve the software, the company claims.
“When you interact with your windows device by speaking, writing, or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information.” Microsoft admits in its FAQ.
The spying can be disabled though. Simply open Settings, find the Privacy option, tap on General. From here you can disable anything you do not wish Microsoft to record.