Microsoft to deliver Advanced Threat Analytics cybersecurity product in August

Microsoft will make its Advanced Threat Analytics cybersecurity software available starting in August. Azure Rights Management support for iPhones and iPads running Office is coming this week.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft will make its Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) product generally available in August.

ATA, Microsoft's on-premises cybersecurity software based on technology Microsoft acquired when it bought Aorato last year.

ATA is meant to help businesses block targeted attacks by automatically analyzing, learning and identifying all normal and abnormal behavior, using machine learning, according to Microsoft's explanation.

ATA will be available for purchase standalone, as well as part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and the Enterprise Client Access License (ECAL), officials confirmed today.

(Microsoft inadvertently posted about ATA becoming a piece of EMS a month ago, but subsequently pulled the blog post.)

Microsoft is not yet releasing pricing for ATA, but the company has told at least some of its partners about the planned ATA pricing details -- which should be publicly available as of August 1. A downloadable fact sheet about ATA and other related details are available on Microsoft's Web site.

In related news today, Azure Rights Management -- a capability that is part of Microsoft's EMS -- is coming on July 23 for Office on iPhones and iPads. Microsoft will be updating its Office for iOS apps tomorrow to include its support. The current release will support only viewing of rights protected Word, PowerPoint or Excel documents on an iPad or iPhone. Creating rights protected content on iPads and iPhones will be supported later.

Microsoft isn't sharing more on its Azure Rights Management Premium -- the renamed Azure Rights Management piece of EMS that will include document-tracking capabilities. That technology also was part of the previously inadvertently published Microsoft blog post that was later removed.

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