What is Azure Sphere?
Azure Sphere is a high-level, secured application platform that offers built-in security and communication features for IoT devices connected to the internet. With Azure Sphere, you can achieve high-value security at a low cost. By using this solution, you can ensure reliability and protection for your microcontroller powered devices.
In this article, we will review the Azure Sphere, so let's get started.
The Azure Sphere integrates real-time processing with high-level operating systems, and therefore it can create a secured environment for internet-connected devices so that they can be maintained, monitored, controlled, and even updated remotely.
You can develop Azure Sphere applications on both Linux or Windows Operating Systems. For doing so, you will need a/an:
- Azure Sphere Development Kit.
- A computer system running on Windows 10 or above, or a Linux running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
- Unused USB port.
Note: In case you are using a virtual machine, it should have support for a USB passthrough.
Features and Functionalities
Azure Sphere is a secured high-level application platform with built-in communication and security features for internet-connected devices. Some of the main features and functionalities of the Azure Sphere include:
- In-Depth Defense: Your device is provided multiple layers of protection that can guard it against threats and enable it to block malware as well.
- Flexibility in Deployment: This solution helps you build protection and even secure the existing equipment easily.
- OTA Updates: With Over-the-Air updates, you can easily implement new features and improve your IoT device's overall performance and security.
- Automatic Reporting and Security Updates: You receive error reports and security updates automatically, which can help you stay ahead of evolving as well as new threats.
Top 3 Properties of IoT ecosystem with Azure Sphere
Azure Sphere is based on some properties of highly secured devices. These properties are built onto your IoT devices when integrated with Azure Sphere. The top 3 most important properties of IoT ecosystem include:
- Dynamic Compartmentalization: Dynamic boundaries between different software components can prevent a breach, reaching onto other software components from one. These boundaries can always be redrawn or moved safely.
- In-depth Defense: The greater the defense layers, the harder it is for the attacker to access your device. When more defense layers are placed above your device's sensitive areas, it becomes secure from hackers.
- Renewable Security: With ongoing software updates, your device can gain more effective defenses and shut down vulnerabilities. Therefore, renewable constant security updates are essential for IoT devices.
With companies transitioning toward smart cloud computing technology, it is important to bring in more security for IoT devices. Microsoft Azure has stayed ahead of most companies by offering continuous support and protection for software and hardware for internet-related applications. This is why many developers prefer building applications with Azure IoT and using Azure Sphere. If you wish to stay ahead in the game, it is essential to adopt Azure Sphere to ensure the security of your IoT devices.