Secure development and volume production platform for Microsoft's IoT cloud

October 19, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Secure development and volume production platform for Microsoft's IoT cloud
IAR Systems and subsidiary Secure Thingz enable high-volume secure device development and production with automatic onboarding of devices and integration into Microsoft Azure cloud services

IAR Systems and its subsidiary Secure Thingz have launched an integrated development and deployment systems for Microsoft Azure IoT and real time operating system (RTOS) platforms.

As applications transition from traditional embedded devices to cloud-orientated edge compute nodes, there is a growing need to integrate cloud connectivity into both the development and manufacturing processes for a seamless secure supply chain.

The platform combines a popular commercial embedded development toolchain with cloud-ready identity and robust root-of-trust technology. The integration of IAR’s Embedded Workbench and Embedded Trust tolls with Microsoft’s Cloud Device Provisioning Services (DPS) supports products that are uniquely cryptographically identifiable, with secured software installation, secure update management and secured production management.

This aims to ensure that bad actors have no entry points into the development to deployment flow, protecting intellectual property, inhibiting malware, and delivering trust in every connected device.

“It is only by designing for security and cloud connectivity at the inception of the development process that we can truly ensure protection of devices, intellectual property, customer data and software updates,” said Haydn Povey, Chief Strategy Officer at IAR Systems and CEO at Secure Thingz.

“Secure development and secure manufacturing of devices, coupled with tight integration of strong cryptographic identity and valet services to ensure OEM credentials are meshed securely into Microsoft’s Azure services, means that cloud-first strategies are available to every developer and enterprise,” he said.

“Building with Microsoft Azure RTOS and being cloud ready delivers the Microsoft vision for connected devices,” said Tony Shakib, General Manager, Azure IoT at Microsoft. “The ability to develop and deploy pre-onboarded devices which are implicitly cloud aware means everyone can rapidly connect devices to services and reduce time-to-data."

Secure Thingz was acquired by IAR Systems Group AB in 2018 and is focused on delivering advanced security solutions into the emerging industrial Internet of Things, critical infrastructure,


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