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19 Jun

How Can the IoT Hub Protect Companies and Consumers?

Everyone knows that the Internet of Things isn't protected. And that's bad news because the IoT is constantly growing to form a more and more prominent part of the Internet and everyone's lives. Part of the problem is that devices aren't standardized. Computers generally have operating systems from one of two sources: Microsoft and Apple. There are several other available options, and Chrome OS is rapidly joining the major players on Chromebooks. But when it comes to the wide range of Things in the IoT, there are few industry leaders in terms of operating systems. 

How will Microsoft's IoT Hub try to offer more security?

Microsoft's Azure Sphere operating system includes an MCU, or microcontroller unit, a Linux-based operating system, and security over the cloud. But what are the specifics that this can bring to the IoT table?

There will be better per-device authentication. 

Most IoT devices handle a lot of personal information. This can range from the relatively mundane, like exercise habits, to your daily schedule as known through your security system. All of that information needs to be locked down. But, at the same time, you and other individual users need to have access to the details. IoT Hub lets companies create an easy-to-use interface so consumers can set up distinct users with different levels of access and administrative control. While many devices give a basic authentication infrastructure, it's usually unwieldy, unsecure, or both.

It helps with cloud-based storage.

Local storage is almost never the answer. Devices produce too much data to store it in the devices themselves, and most consumers want that data to be processed for smarter functionality and alerts. However, onsite data storage and manipulation are far too complex when devices also need to be small and fast. If they can reach the cloud, especially in a standardized and secured fashion, that opens the door to a range of complex functions such as facial recognition.

The Internet of Things needs to have a secure way of reaching the Internet and having the Internet reach devices. Go to folio1 to read more about IoT and Microsoft insights.

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