Microsoft has announced a host of fresh cloud security tools and technologies to help enterprises more easily secure data and networks against large scale security threats.
The main one is called Azure Sphere, a new service which is said to address emerging threats against a new class of connected devices, such as those relying on popular microcontroller unit (MCU) chips.
MCU chips are found in everything from toys and household appliances to industrial equipment, but Microsoft says attackers are starting to target them and has launched Azure Sphere as an holistic platform for creating secured, connected MCU devices on the intelligent edge.
"As last year's devastating cyberattacks demonstrated, security threats are evolving and becoming even more serious," said president of Microsoft, Brad Smith. "The tech sector's innovations need to accelerate to outpace security threats. Today's steps bring important security advances not just to the cloud, but to the billions of new devices that are working on the edge of the world's computer networks."
Featuring an entirely new class of MCUs with more than five times the power of legacy MCUs, Azure Sphere has an OS custom built for IoT security, and a turnkey cloud security service that guards every Azure Sphere device. With Azure Sphere, Microsoft said it can extend the boundaries of the intelligent edge, to power and secure an entirely new category of devices.
"As our homes become more connected, we place significant value on the security of connected devices, so we can focus on continuing to deliver an exceptional customer experience," added Brian Jones, Microsoft's director of Product Strategy and Marketing at Sub-Zero Group, Brian Jones. "Microsoft's approach with Azure Sphere is unique in that it addresses security holistically at every layer."
As part of the announcement, Microsoft also revealed a new Intelligent Security Association for security technology partners so they can benefit from, and contribute to, the Intelligent Security Graph and Microsoft security products.
"Members of the association will be able to create more integrated solutions for customers that provide greater protection and detect attacks more quickly," the firm said.
It's also partnering with customers through their digital transformation by making it easier for them to help keep assets secure from the cloud to the edge.
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