Microsoft may be on the verge of loosening the purse strings and making a new security investment. According to sources close to Microsoft, the company is in talks to acquire Aorato, an Israeli security startup. Talks are believed to be at an early stage, and it is likely that Microsoft is not the only interested party.
A potential price tag of $200 million has been suggested, but the figure has not been confirmed. Neither Microsoft nor Aorato have released a statement yet, but it is possible that the deal could be concluded within a couple of months.
Aorato came into being back in 2011, and managed to raise $10 million earlier in the year, following investment from Accel Partners, Innovation Endeavors, and Glilot Capital Partners.
If the talks do conclude with Microsoft acquiring the company, it will represent yet another step into enterprise for Nadella’s company. Aorato is best known for producing software that monitor access to active directory components to check for unauthorized access.Further reading: Microsoft, Security