Microsoft acquires Milburo to bolster foreign threat detection and response solutions

Microsoft continues to beef up its cyber threat analysis and response solutions portfolio with the acquisition of Milburo, a company specializing in foreign threat and research detection.

Today Microsoft announced via its Official Microsoft Blog that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Milburo, to specifically roll the company and its resources into the Microsoft's Customer Security and Trust organization.

According to Microsoft's corporate vice president of Customer Security and Trust, Tom Burt, the company is looking for Milburo to step in and help mesh its current threat detection platforms while also expanding its abilities to counter new cyber threats and state sanctioned information operations.

Working in close collaboration with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, our Threat Context Analysis team, our data scientists and others, the new analysts from Miburo will enable Microsoft to expand its threat detection and analysis capabilities to address new cyber-attacks and shed light on the ways in which foreign actors use information operations in conjunction with other cyber-attacks to achieve their objectives. Miburo has become a leading expert in identification of foreign information operations.

As part of Milburo's mission statement, the company has set out to help "protect democracies and the free information environment from malign influence and extremism."

Microsoft may be looking to leverage Miburo's robust language portfolio as well as its expansive foreign information operations knowledge to help bolster Redmond's solutions for private, public, military, research, and law enforcement sectors in international markets.

The announcement comes about a month after Microsoft publicly acknowledged its role in combating state-sanctioned cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns aimed at Ukraine by Russia.

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