Azure Security Center for IoT now generally available

Microsoft recently announced that Azure Security Center for IoT is now generally available. The offering is meant to help users protect their end-to-end IoT deployment. It does so by detecting threats within those deployments and responding to them as needed. It also looks for potential issues within configurations before attackers can use them to compromise deployments.

If you’re interested in making use of Azure Security Center for IoT, here’s what you need to know.

Security challenges for IoT

Azure Security Center for IoT is designed to address the many security challenges facing IoT deployments. Basically, these deployments can be especially complicated, which leaves plenty of opportunities for integration errors that attackers can easily exploit. The devices connected to IoT can also be vulnerable since they are heterogeneous and often lack high-tech security measures. And finally, since IoT utilizes especially new and evolving technology, many organizations don’t have the dedicated team members and skills to successfully monitor and address threats on their own.

About Azure Security Center for IoT

To address those challenges, Azure Security Center for IoT builds on Microsoft’s secure-by-design IoT services, offering features like threat protection and security posture management. These options are designed to help users secure their entire IoT deployments, including devices from Microsoft and third parties. It works to prevent, detect, and remediate potential attacks throughout all the different components of IoT deployments, from small sensors to databases to the Azure IoT Hub.

Since this service is part of the robust Microsoft security landscape, your company should also be able to update the program and stay ahead of hackers. Microsoft sources its threat intelligence from more than 6 trillion signals daily, creating lists of potential threats and ranking them by importance so security pros and IoT admins can react to issues quickly. It creates similar lists for potential misconfigurations and insecure settings so organizations can shore up their deployments even before problems arise.

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