The use of IIoT continues to advance. By 2025 there will be more than 40 billion networked devices, many of which will be located in factories needing a secure base with which they can respond to new threats.
Integrated security for IoT
A study carried out by IDC shows that 42% of German companies have already implemented IoT projects or are in the process of being fully investigated. Although IoT security is a complex matter, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The manufacturing industry must strengthen the protection of its networked systems and adapt them to the high security standards of its IT infrastructure. Right solutions for this are now being developed.
Checklist: seven highly secure IoT device properties
“IoT devices are secure if they have seven properties: hardware-based cryptographic keys and device identities, a” trusted computing base “that includes all the features related to device security, multi-level security, isolation, certificate-based authentication, updates regular security and significant bug reports, “explains Galen Hunt, Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director of IoT Security Solutions at Microsoft.
Those who use these verification checklists meet the requirements to ensure the integrity of their networked devices and systems.
Integrated security as human and machine equipment.
However, the biggest hurdle is often the lack of a consistent and integrated security solution for IoT devices or systems in businesses. With Azure Sphere, Microsoft has created an Internet of Things platform, inviting OEMs and partners to develop secure IoT solutions for their hardware and applications and quickly bring them to market.
As an integrated security solution, Azure Sphere consists of four components: specially certified chips, a specially designed operating system, and cloud-based security services. However, the fourth and perhaps most important component has nothing to do with technology: an experienced team takes care of the security of each and every Azure Sphere certified device.
Reliably protect networked devices and data
Microsoft works closely with customers and hardware manufacturers to continually improve the protection of networked devices: For example, microcontroller maker NXP has announced a secure, highly efficient, and intelligent processor for edge nodes. And semiconductor maker Qualcomm is developing wireless chips that use Azure Sphere.
First customer experiences are now available: Starbucks coffee chain has integrated Azure Sphere into its coffee machines to reliably record consumption data and move from reactive maintenance to a proactive approach. This allows potential problems to be identified before they can arise.