Microsoft launched a bunch of new services and capabilities to secure Azure-connected IoT devices and workloads. The new IoT security tool is called Azure Security Center for IoT, and it essentially connects Azure cloud security, visibility, and analysis tools with the company’s Azure IoT Hub.
Azure Security Center for IoT uses Microsoft’s threat intelligence, Azure Security Center, which Microsoft says collects data from more than 6 trillion signals daily. It also hooks into Microsoft’s new cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) tool, Azure Sentinel. And it adds new capabilities to Sentinel that allow customers to combine their IoT security data with security data from across the enterprise, and then use analysis or machine learning to identify and mitigate threats.
“This announcement empowers manufacturers to reduce the attack surface of Azure IoT solutions running across all their operations, remediate issues before they become serious, and apply analytics and machine learning to prevent attacks,” wrote Sam George, director of Azure Internet of Things, in a blog post.
Microsoft also said it will extend the Azure IP Advantage benefits to Azure-connected IoT devices and devices that are powered by Azure Sphere and Windows IoT. This program protects Azure cloud customers from intellectual property lawsuits and gives them access to 10,000 Microsoft patents.
The company will unveil these new IoT capabilities and programs at next week’s Hannover Messe industrial manufacturing show.