Did you know that Microsoft is investing $5B in adding new services and features to Azure IoT?
As businesses across all sectors build IoT applications to generate new sources of revenue, improve productivity, and lower costs by analyzing massive quantities of data from IoT devices, they’re increasingly turning to Microsoft Azure IoT as their IoT platform of choice. In fact, Microsoft Azure IoT was recently named a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Industrial IoT Software Platforms.
Here are five examples of innovative IoT applications implemented using Microsoft Azure IoT:
- Retail: Starbucks is using Azure Sphere to gather telemetry from equipment in stores, enabling its employees more opportunity to engage with customers. This includes everything from beverage consistency, waste reduction, management of energy consumption, and predictive maintenance.
- Building Management Systems (BMS): Walmart is embracing IoT as a way to save energy and prevent product loss. Walmart is using thousands of IoT sensors on HVAC and refrigeration systems that process a billion daily data messages from stores worldwide.
- Transportation: Maersk, the largest container shipping company in the world, is using Azure IoT to track and monitor 380,000 refrigerated containers as they move around the planet. This ensures that customers always know where their shipments are, and atmospheric parameters can be adjusted so that food and medicine from one side of the globe are in perfect shape when they arrive on the other side of the world.
- Logistics & Warehousing: Toyota Material Handling Group is designing intelligent forklifts and other automated guided vehicles (AGV) to help customers track forklift utilization, plan and predict maintenance, and improve efficiency and safety in their warehouses.
- Industrial: Chevron is connecting a critical piece of equipment – heat exchangers, which manage the heat from fluids flowing through it as part of the plant’s fuel processing – to do predictive maintenance and ultimately prevent unscheduled outages.
The IoT Security Challenge
As organizations connect massive numbers of IoT devices to their networks to optimize operations, boards and management teams are increasingly concerned about the expanding attack surface and corporate liability they represent.
Because these connected devices can’t easily be protected by agent-based technologies — and are often unpatched or misconfigured — they can be compromised by adversaries who pivot deeper into corporate networks to threaten safety, steal intellectual property and customer data, conduct ransomware attacks, and siphon resources for DDoS botnets and cryptojacking.
Addressing the Challenge with Robust, Agentless IoT Security
Azure Security Center for IoT simplifies hybrid workload protection by delivering unified visibility and control, adaptive threat prevention, and intelligent threat detection and response across workloads running on edge, on-premises, in Azure, and in other clouds.
CyberX’s agentless IoT security platform is easy to deploy and provides real-time visibility into all unmanaged devices within minutes of being connected to the network. Leveraging the industry’s only patented, M2M-aware behavioral analytics — eliminating the need to configure any rules or signatures or have any prior knowledge of the network — the CyberX platform:
- Discovers and automatically profiles all IoT assets as well as how they’re communicating to provide deep asset visibility while enabling robust micro-segmentation policies.
- Provides a risk score with risk-based mitigation recommendations for each device, based on vulnerabilities detected as well as continuously updated, IoT-specific threat intelligence provided by Section 52, CyberX’s in-house team of security researchers and threat analysts.
- Continuously monitors network traffic and generates real-time alerts when devices exhibit suspicious or unauthorized behavior indicating compromise or misconfiguration.
- Integrates with Azure Security Center for IoT to provide single pane-of-glass visibility of cyber risk for all managed and unmanaged IoT devices.
CyberX also announced it has joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), which brings together an elite group of security companies — including industry leaders such as Fortinet, Rapid7, Zscaler, and Palo Alto Networks — partnering with Microsoft to provide customers better protection, detection, and response.
You can read read the full press release here.