IoT and the need for Security
In the next decade, nearly every consumer gadget, every household appliance, and every industrial device will be connected to the Internet. These connected devices will also become more intelligent with the ability to predict, talk, listen, and more. The companies who manufacture these devices will have an opportunity to reimagine everything and fundamentally transform their businesses with new product offerings, new customer experiences, and differentiate against competition with new business models.
What these everyday devices have in common is a tiny chip, often smaller than the size of your thumbnail, called a microcontroller (MCU). The MCU functions as the brain of the device, hosting the compute, storage, memory, and an operating system right on the device. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed every year. For perspective, that’s more devices shipping every single year than the world’s entire human population. While few of these devices are connected to the Internet today, within just a few years, this entire industry, all 9 billion or more devices per year, is on path to include connected MCUs. Internet connectivity is a two-way street. With these devices becoming a gateway to our homes, workplaces, and sensitive data, they also become targets for attacks.
Introducing Azure Sphere
Microsoft Azure Sphere is a new solution for creating highly secured, Internet connected microcontroller (MCU) devices. Azure Sphere extends Microsoft’s reach to the outer regions of the intelligent edge, enabling us to serve and secure an entirely new category of devices—the billions of MCU powered devices that are built and deployed each year.
Azure Sphere brings together the best of Microsoft’s expertise in cloud, software and silicon—resulting in a unique approach to security that starts in the silicon and extends to the cloud. Together, Azure Sphere MCUs, our secured OS and cloud security service provides customers with the confidence and the power to reimagine their business and create the future.
Azure Sphere includes three components that work together to protect and power these devices:
Secured from the silicon up. Our new crossover class of MCUs now combines both real-time and application processors with built-in Microsoft security technology and connectivity.
An OS purpose built for security and agility to create a trustworthy platform for new IoT experiences. Our secured OS builds security innovations pioneered in Windows into an HLOS small enough for MCUs.
Protect devices with a cloud built for IoT security. The Azure Sphere Security Service renews device security, identifies emerging threats, and brokers trust among device, cloud, and other endpoints.
Visit our website for more information: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-sphere