Microsoft Launches Linux-Powered Azure Sphere Initiative to Secure IoT Devices

In an attempt to secure the billions of IoT (Internet of Things) devices powered by microcontrollers (MCUs), Microsoft announced on Monday during the RSA Conference 2018 the preview of its Azure Sphere initiative.

Microsoft’s Azure Sphere solution consists of three main components to ensure future Internet of Things devices have the best-in-class protection, including the custom designed, Azure Sphere certified microcontrollers, cloud-based Azure Sphere Security Service, as well as the Azure Sphere operating system powered by the Linux kernel.

“Unlike the RTOSes common to MCUs today, our defense-in-depth IoT OS offers multiple layers of security. It combines security innovations pioneered in Windows, a security monitor, and a custom Linux kernel to create a highly-secured software environment and a trustworthy platform for new IoT experienc… (read more)

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