Microsoft acquires Secure Islands, which automates protection and tracking of sensitive data Image of Aleden, Norway by Blue Elf, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Microsoft acquires Secure Islands, which automates protection and tracking of sensitive data

Keeping track of what's in the cloud, on your Intranet, and on your users' devices is becoming harder and harder, but Microsoft thinks it might have at least part of the answer in Secure Islands. It announced it had acquired the nine-year-old company today.

Keeping track of what's in the cloud, on your Intranet, and on your users' devices is becoming harder and harder, but Microsoft thinks it might have at least part of the answer in Secure Islands. It announced it had acquired the nine-year-old company today.

"When Yuval and I founded Secure Islands nine years ago, we shared one vision: to provide customers with the most efficient and reliable solution for information protection and control," wrote Secure Island chief executive Aki Eldar. "In those days, it was still a nascent market for technology like ours, but we knew the customer need was there."

And that need is only getting more pointed: Leak after leak of sensitive data hasn't done much to stop business walls becoming more permeable with Bring Your Own Device and other consumerization trends. Finding a solution that stays out of the way while protecting data is a Holy Grail well worth questing for.

Takeshi Numoto, a Microsoft Vice President, wrote that Secure Island's technology would be integrated into Azure Rights Management Service.

"To work effectively, organizations must share information with partners, vendors and customers," he wrote. "These realities make it more critical than ever to have solutions that prevent data loss and track information regardless of where it resides."

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