Microsoft is reportedly in Acquisition Talks with Cybersecurity Company Mandiant

Posted on February 9, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Microsoft with 4 Comments

Microsoft is reportedly exploring the acquisition of Mandiant Inc., a US-based cybersecurity firm that’s currently valued at $4.2 billion. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the two companies have been in acquisition talks, but the discussions may not lead Microsoft to make an offer.

Mandiant, formerly FireEye, Inc, was founded in 2004 and it currently specializes in helping organisations to protect themselves from cyberthreats. The company recently reported an annual revenue of $483 million of its FY2021, a number that was up 21 percent year-over-year.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is considering acquiring Mandiant to bolster its arsenal of security products at a time when cybersecurity threats are on the rise. Last year, Microsoft also acquired two smaller cybersecurity companies, RiskIQ and ReFirm Labs.

If Mandiant and Microsoft both declined to comment on the Bloomberg report, Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia told CRN yesterday that “We run this company like it’s ours forever, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The news already had a positive impact on the company’s stock, though, with Mandiant shares seeing a gain of up to 26% in late afternoon trading yesterday.

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4 responses to “Microsoft is reportedly in Acquisition Talks with Cybersecurity Company Mandiant”

  1. dftf

    Laurent forgot to include: "hat tip to bluvg" ;)

    • bluvg

      Ha! Well, at least my comment and post weren't deleted the last time I tried to give a heads-up. Not that I'm looking for credit (as though I got the scoop myself), just wanting to share info.

  2. bluvg

    If this goes through, it will be interesting to see how they handle the incident response/investigations side. Presumably it would continue to run as a largely independent company. There may be some reticence about using "Microsoft" for IR in some situations.