To bolster its cybersecurity department, Microsoft announcement On Tuesday, it will acquire a New York-based cyber threat analysis and research firm called Miburo. At an undisclosed purchase price, Microsoft will house the company’s talent specializing in detection and response to foreign information operations. According to Miburo’s LinkedIn Profileit also covers social media investigations and countering malicious influence operations.
“With the acquisition of Miburo, we will continue our mission to act and partner with other public and private sector players to find long-term solutions that will prevent foreign adversaries from threatening public and private sector customers. and, indeed, the very foundations of our democracy,” writes Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust, in a blog post announcing the upcoming acquisition.
According to Burt, once the acquisition is complete, Miburo will become part of its Customer Security and Trust organization, where its current analysts will work hand-in-hand with its Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, Threat Context Analysis team, data scientists and developers. other experts. .
Microsoft awaits the arrival of Miburo professionals to expand its threat detection and analysis capabilities, enabling better and more effective responses against new cyber attacks. Additionally, according to Burt, it will help the company better understand “how foreign actors use Info Ops in conjunction with other cyberattacks to achieve their objectives.”
Microsoft considers Miburo “a leading expert in identifying foreign information operations.” The consulting and analytics firm can detect and attribute malicious and extremist influencer campaigns in 16 languages. Additionally, Miburo founder and CEO Clint Watts previously served in the U.S. military and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, giving the team more credentials in handling his new responsibilities at Microsoft. .