In our modern, connected world, cyberattacks have become an unfortunate reality that companies of all sizes must anticipate and mitigate. To that end, major cloud services providers Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure have made significant acquisitions aimed at maximizing cybersecurity capabilities and protecting ever-expanding cloud environments. More organizations may follow the lead of these big tech cloud providers in an effort to fortify their data protection practices.
In March 2022, Google announced its impending $5.4 billion acquisition of Mandiant, a Virginia-based threat intelligence and cybersecurity company that will be integrated into Google Cloud. Microsoft made two significant acquisitions in 2021, adding CloudKnox Security and RiskIQ, enhancing its cloud infrastructure entitlement management and overall attack surface assessment capabilities. AWS followed suit with its acquisition of Wickr, an encrypted messaging platform provider, giving it advanced security features for messaging, file sharing, and other collaborations.
With the growing reliance on cloud infrastructures, organizations are increasingly vulnerable to domestic and international attacks; Google, AWS, and Microsoft are setting the standard for fortifying against malicious actors.