Azure and CyberX to boost business’ IoT asset visibility

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  • Microsoft today revealed its planned acquisition of the cybersecurity firm CyberX.
  • The company intends on integrating CyberX with several Azure services to enhance Internet of Things (IoT) security for enterprises.
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Azure to be integrated with CyberX

Microsoft today revealed its planned acquisition of the cybersecurity firm CyberX. The company intends on integrating CyberX with several Azure services to enhance Internet of Things (IoT) security for enterprises.

IoT security vulnerabilities continue to be a major concern for enterprises that use the technology to connect smart devices and sensors. Such systems can be vulnerable to a broad array of cyber risks, from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to data theft.

CyberX expands IoT asset visibility in Azure

Microsoft’s Azure platform offers multiple IoT security solutions already. These include Azure Sphere and Azure Sentinel.

But according to the Redmond giant, the existing solutions don’t adequately address the security concerns of Azure customers. As such, the company is acquiring CyberX to close mission-critical IoT security gaps.

Integrating the two solutions should give Azure users expanded visibility into their IoT assets, enterprise-wide. That’s to be expected because the merged cloud-based platforms can generate a digital map of IoT devices in their thousands, indicating the status and security vulnerabilities of each.

With CyberX, customers can discover their existing IoT assets, and both manage and improve the security posture of those devices. With CyberX, customers can see a digital map of thousands of devices across a factory floor or within a building and gather information about their asset profile and vulnerabilities.

In addition, the ability to track the security posture of IoT assets enables enterprises to promptly identify and mitigate any risks. Plus, according to Microsoft, that approach to IoT security is vital to the success of sectors such as smart manufacturing and smart grid.

Recently, Microsoft acquired ADRM Software to take advantage of its massive repository of large-scale industry data models. The company is similarly integrating the platform with Azure to offer better capabilities for artificial intelligence-driven data analytics.

What’s your take on Microsoft’s decision to plug CyberX into Azure? As always, you can share your views via the comments section below.