Microsoft’s Defender for IoT Helps Protect Smart Home Devices From Malware

Microsoft has released the public preview for a new capability in Microsoft Defender for IoT that gives device builders and solution operators the ability to create secure-by-design, managed IoT devices.

This capability comes after Microsoft recently announced Defender for IoT sensor, version 22.1, that features Azure portal to scale large environments and control the security components from a single pane of glass.

to Microsoft, Defender for IoT’s integrated on-device security solution is a managed, on-premises solution for device manufacturers and solution operators that includes the ability to incorporate security from the earliest stages of development. This is designed to enable builders to reduce their devices’ exposure to IoT risks before they ship devices to customers.

The company says Defender for IoT automatically recommends hardening strategies and helps protect the supply chain technologies added to devices. Once devices are responding, customers and operators using the platform can leverage advanced run-time protection to detect and to threats.

In the public preview, Microsoft is introducing a micro agent for Edge that supports simplified automatic identity provisioning and authentication for Edge, enabling device builders to manage IoT Edge as part of its Azure IoT solutions.

The new release, Version 4.1.2, also features the ability to detect more threats, including malware, ransomware, device hijacking, brute force attacks and more. The solution also supports monitoring process events on Linux operating systems, network collection events on Azure RTOS devise and Linux devices, as well as a Login collector, Microsoft says.

The micro agent also supports benchmark checks from the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and users can use Defender for IoT to view recommendations based on CIS Distribution Independent Linux Benchmarks version 2.0.0.

The supported device list is also growing, expanded to Debian 11 and supported architectures in Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04. The agent-based solution is also aligned with the standard Linux installation directory structure, Microsoft says.

Device manufacturers building devices with the existing Microsoft Defender for IoT micro agent are urged to upgrade to the new version. Read this Tech Community blog for more information.


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