Microsoft is releasing the general availability of the extension to its Secured-core platform to IoT devices and new Edge Secured-core certified devices from its hardware partners to customers can more easily select IoT devices that meet advanced security requirements.
According to Microsoft, Edge Secured-core is a certification in the Azure Certified Device program for IoT devices that certifies that devices meet certain enterprise security standards, including hardware-based device identity, system integrity enforcement, remote manageability for device updates, data-at-rest encryption, data-in-transit encryption and built-in security agent and hardening.
Microsoft says data shows that Secured-core PCs are 60% more resilient to malware than PCs that don’t meet those specifications, so the company is bringing those learnings to define the requirements for Edge secured-core IoT devices.
To that end, the company announced the availability of its Windows IoT Edge Secured-core devices in the Azure Certified Device Catalog, which currently includes four devices from AAEON, ASUS, Lenovo and Intel.
Citing a recent study, the company says IoT device security is a top priority when implementing IoT for 65% of organizations deploying IoT solutions.
“Attacks targeting IoT devices put businesses at risk. Impacted devices can be bricked, held for ransom, employed as launch points for further network attacks, or used for malicious purposes,” the company says in a blog. “Among many consequences, we often see intellectual property (IP) and data theft and compromised regulatory status, all of which can have brand and financial implications on the business.”
Microsoft says it is also investing with semiconductor partners to build IoT-connected industry-certified microcontroller-based devices that align with the company’s security standards.