Microsoft’s Sopris Project Will Improve the Security of Low-Cost IoT Devices
Microsoft’s Sopris Project is currently the talk of the town. It is an innovation from Microsoft that has the potential to secure affordable IoT devices.
Every IoT device features a microcontroller that is vulnerable to external threats. Billions of IoT devices pose a significant threat to their privacy and security. Hundreds and thousands of IoT devices are hacked daily, and if preventive measures are not taken the number will radically escalate to new heights.
Microsoft Sopris will soon hit the market. The project is currently handled by three experienced researchers: Ed Nightingale, Galen Hunt, and George Lacey. Recently, they uncovered their first technical research report – The Seven Properties of Highly Secured Devices. The research primarily focuses on securing low-cost IoT devices. Today, billions of IoT devices are brought to operation. Amongst all, more than 80% of these devices pose a serious security threat. The over demand of IoT products have compelled manufacturers to compromise their security measures, which, in turn, has attracted hackers from all across the world. The exposure of such devices to the internet might have a severe impact on the business and may result in device privacy and security failures.
Microsoft’s Sopris allows customers to revise their IoT device, and replace vulnerable microcontrollers with a super secured chipset. Microsoft refurbished MediaTek’s WiFi-MT7687 chipset with their new microcontroller. The results were amazing.
Microsoft is so confident in their new product that they have announced a special program called Sopris Security Challenge. Anyone able to breach its security measures and hack the system will be handsomely rewarded. It seems as Microsoft will be introducing new and improved security systems in the IoT world. We don’t know what the future holds, but it seems IoT might be heading towards a more secure future.