Comprehensive IoT Security Solutions

By Microsoft Azure Sphere

Unlock the potential of IoT with confidence in your security

Azure Sphere builds on decades of Microsoft experience in hardware, software, and cloud to provide a turnkey solution for IoT devices. Get defense in depth to embrace IoT innovation with confidence.

Azure Sphere-certified chips

MDS can access our hardware partners that have built-in Microsoft security technology to provide connectivity and dependability

Azure Sphere OS

This adds a layer of protection and ongoing security updates to create a trustworthy platform for new IoT experiences.

Azure Sphere Security Service

This solution brokers trust for device-to-cloud communication, detects emerging threats, and continually renews device security. 

Innovate with confidence

As billions of new devices are connected, organizations need to secure them to help protect data, privacy, physical safety, and infrastructure. Azure Sphere can help you do that with ease. 

Defense in depth provides multiple layers of protection to help guard devices against and respond to threats

Deployment flexibility helps you secure existing equipment and build protection into new IoT investments

Over-the-air (OTA) updates make it easy to add new features and improve performance throughout device lifecycles.

Error reporting and automatic security updates help you stay ahead of new and evolving threats

Setting a new standard for IoT device security

  • Azure Sphere protects every device with seven properties of highly secured, internet-connected devices.
  • Ensure device integrity and prevent malicious actors from taking control of your devices or compromising your data with defense in depth.
  • Keep devices secured as new threats emerge and restore the health of compromised devices with automated OS and security updates.
  • Azure Sphere devices only run signed, authentic software, mitigating the risk of threats like malware and application tampering.

Start using Azure Sphere

Get your hardware development kit and pricing, install Azure Sphere, learn about documentation and quickstarts, or build your first application with the help of MDS security experts.

Fortify IoT with layered security

Azure Sphere is the only solution that delivers the seven essential security properties for the future of connected devices.  Build your IoT operations on a chip with robust hardware security, a defense-in-depth OS, and a cloud security service that monitors devices and responds to emerging threats so you don’t have to. 

Build a future of securely connected devices

Deliver next-generation experiences with built-in connectivity and security. By embracing IoT to develop new products and services, you can drive innovation, delight customers, improve your margins, and increase your value. 

Prioritize your business objectives

Lighten the load of connecting, managing, and securing IoT devices at scale, and eliminate the need to invest in additional infrastructure or staff. Azure Sphere helps you optimize development and delivery, using a flexible software delivery model and development tools. Connect to any cloud, private or public.

MDS hardware ecosystem

A global ecosystem of MDS partners delivers revolutionary new IoT hardware - from MCUs and crossover to modules, development kits, and guardian devices - to bring Azure Sphere to a broad range of customers and applications.

Metia Tek 3620

MediaTek’s new cross-over class of MCU includes built-in Microsoft security technology, built-in connectivity, and combines the versatility and power of Cortex-A processor with the low overhead and real-time guarantees of a Cortex-M class processor.

Avnet Wi-Fi Module

 Azure Sphere-based module designed for easy final product assembly. Simplifies quality assurance with stamp hole (castellated) pin design.

AI-Link Wi-Fi Module

Designed for cost-sensitive applications. Simplifies quality assurance with stamp hole (castellated) pin design.

USI Dual-Band Wi-Fi Module

Support BLE and Bluetooth 5 Mesh. It can also work as an NFC tag (for non-contact Bluetooth pairing and device provisioning). *Available for prototyping. 


Avnet MT3620 Starter Kit

Azure Sphere prototyping and development platform. Connectors allow easy expandability options and a range of MikroE Click and Grove modules.

Seeed MT3620 Dev Board

Designed for comprehensive prototyping. Available expansion shields enable Ethernet connectivity and support for Grove modules. 

Seeed MT3630 Mini Dev Board

Designed for size-constrained prototypes. Built on the AI-Link module for a quick path from prototype to commercialization. 

Avnet Guardian Module

Unblocks brownfield IoT by bringing Azure Sphere’s security to equipment previously deemed too critical to be connected. Contact MDS for more information. 

Frequently asked questions about Azure Sphere

Can I buy just one component of Azure Sphere - the Azure Sphere-certified MCU chip, the Azure Sphere OS, or Azure Sphere Security Service?

Azure Sphere components are tightly integrated and sold together at a single, one-time cost, delivering a highly secure solution for building connected devices and scaling your IoT department.

Can Azure Sphere help me secure existing devices?

If you already have connection-capable devices and equipment deployed within your organization, or if you’re considering connecting devices for the first time, Azure Sphere can help you protect your devices with guardian modules.

Guardian modules are physical attachments that require little or no equipment redesign, processing data and controlling equipment without ever exposing the equipment to the network. Guardian modules protect your operational equipment from disabling attacks, simplify device retrofit projects, and boost efficiency through over-the-air (OTA) updates and IoT connectivity.

Does Azure Sphere require an Azure subscription or monthly payments?

Azure Sphere does not require you to pay any ongoing fees. The one-time cost you pay for your MCU chip includes access to the Azure Sphere OS, Azure Sphere Security Service, and OS updates for the lifetime of your chip. 

Does my entire environment need to be on Azure to use Azure Sphere?

Azure Sphere is engineered to integrate with any cloud service, public or private - not just Azure. You can connect to other clouds for app data while running Azure Sphere - or optimize efficiencies by using Azure Sphere alongside Visual Studio and Azure IoT.

How does Azure Sphere relate to Windows for IoT?

Azure Sphere provides a complement to Windows for IoT. Windows IoT provides a best-in-class solution for devices with MPU-class processing power or rich user experiences. Azure Sphere brings Microsoft security innovations and expertise in hardware, software, and the cloud to IoT devices. 

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