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5 Things To Know About Microsoft's Latest Cloud And Edge Security Moves

Microsoft announced an array of new security tools for Azure, Microsoft 365 and other offerings. Here's what partners need to know about the company's latest moves.

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Azure Sphere

Microsoft said that Azure Sphere is a "first of its kind solution" to protect connected devices at the edge -- those that depend on thumbnail-sized chips called microcontroller unit (MCU) devices. The new Azure Sphere offering will serve as a platform for developing highly secured MCU-powered devices. Azure Sphere will include a new class of more-powerful MCUs -- Microsoft plans to license the IP for the MCUs royalty-free to silicon manufacturers -- and a customized operating system that has been built with IoT security in mind. The offering will also provide a new cloud security service for protecting Azure Sphere devices, with features including security updates and upgrades for 10 years. "Azure Sphere will work alongside any cloud -- private or proprietary -- so that customers can continue to use their existing data infrastructure while adopting Azure Sphere’s groundbreaking security for their devices," Microsoft said in its blog post.

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