Microsoft has announced that its Microsoft Defender for IoT solution is now generally available for enterprise customers. The new cloud-powered solution helps IT Pros manage network assets, monitor security threats, and control risks across their organization.
“With Microsoft Defender for IoT, you can achieve faster time-to-value, improve agility and scalability, increase visibility, and strengthen the resiliency of your network and infrastructure without making significant changes. The Defender for IoT cloud is designed to augment your on-premises processing power while providing a source of centralized management for global security teams—raising the bar for OT defense,” Microsoft explained.
Microsoft explained that cloud-powered IoT and OT security tools provide several advantages over traditional solutions. It supports the end-to-end discovery of assets and reduces the time required for detecting and responding to security threats. The solution utilizes AI to detect threats in real time, provide recommendations and safeguard against known and unknown security threats.
Microsoft Defender for IoT allows customers to create and manage tailored compliance reports. The service also provides cloud-to-cloud integrations that make it easier for users to access data from different sources.
Microsoft has introduced Device inventory support that lets IT admins manage OT devices via the Microsoft Azure Portal. It provides a comprehensive view of assets to proactively mitigate security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft Defender for IoT works in conjunction with Microsoft Sentinel to deliver security information and Event Management (SIEM) for OT and IT environments. The solution also shares threat data with Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Microsoft 365 Defender, ServiceNow, IBM QRadar, Splunk, and other third-party products.
As businesses increasingly integrate existing OT platforms with their broader IT infrastructure, the importance of safeguarding enterprise networks against emerging cyber threats continues to grow. Security tools like Microsoft Defender for IoT can provide IT admins with valuable insights and early detection capabilities to address potential issues within their networks.