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Microsoft: Provisioning for true zero-touch secure identity management for IoT


When you’re on a mission to deliver an awesome, complex IoT experience, the last thing you want to be doing is babysitting device identities at any stage of your solution. If you’re building a smart vehicle experience, you want to be thinking fleets, services, operational telemetry and not how to transfer vehicle identities between owners, renters, insurance companies, and service providers. If you’re developing for a mobile factory experience like a cruise ship or an airline, you want to be thinking geography optimal predictive maintenance, and not about cloud connection points and sovereign cloud specific requirements. How you provision your IoT devices makes a world of a difference with operational efficiency. Provisioning for true zero-touch secure identity management is the promise to minimize operational burden and maximize focus on the experience.

Until now, most claims for zero-touch provisioning have been about giving devices identities to connect to a cloud. What happens thereafter has largely been a mystery relegated to the IoT solutions developer. Developers of complex solutions are often left with no choice but to hack custom accommodations for their backends or manually manage hand-off of device identities in operations. Both options are costly, burdensome, and most of all, detracts focus from envisioned experience. Shouldn’t secure device identity and complete lifecycle management be a scalable building block in the IoT solution developer’s toolbox, so they can focus on just IoT experience?

Well, we believe it should. Microsoft has been building towards answering this very question, and in the past few months, collaborated with partners to make this a reality. The solution originates with anchoring trust in secure silicon, from which standards are used to derive device unique certificate identities that are ingested, authenticated, and lifecycle managed at scale by Azure Device Provisioning Service (DPS).

Read the entire article here, Provisioning for true zero-touch secure identity management for IoT | Blog

Via the fine folks at Microsoft.

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