What you need to know
- Microsoft acquired cybersecurity firms throughout 2021.
- A rumored Mandiant acquisition discussion may hint at Microsoft's 2022 kickoff to major cybersecurity firm buys.
- The report about said discussions comes not long after Microsoft's mammoth $70 billion purchase of gaming company Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft has deep, deep pockets, and if recent news is anything to go by, it won't stop spending until it's gobbled up any company it deems worthy of attention. Last year, it acquired CloudKnox Security, RiskIQ, ReFirm, and a host of others. And now, it's back in the forest, hunting for game with its big ol' money rifle. At least, that's what's happening according to a recent report.
As told by Bloomberg, cybersecurity firm Mandiant could be Microsoft's next acquisition. The deal would help Microsoft bolster its ever-evolving efforts to keep customers safe and protected.
According to the report, involved parties are only in the discussion phase, so an offer has yet to be placed on the table and isn't even guaranteed to happen.
One need only look at Microsoft's history in the space to estimate the likelihood of an offer and eventual acquisition should the involved entities be keen on making something work. It's not like Microsoft's strapped for cash. Just recently, Redmond dropped a $70 billion bomb in order to acquire Activision Blizzard, a gaming company that was struggling with an unending string of sexual harassment and toxicity complaints.
If you want additional perspective on just how much money Microsoft is willing to dole out for businesses it takes an interest in, check out the company's top ten most expensive acquisitions.
We will update our coverage as the Mandiant discussions develop and additional details surface.
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