Devices run multiple operating systems and firmware, and most organizations don’t know what they have or whether it is secure. Microsoft will be using ReFirm to make it easier to find out without being an expert.

ReFirm integrates with Azure services to scan and update IoT devices.

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As operating systems become more secure, attackers increasingly turn their attention to firmware, which is less visible, more basic, and seldom well protected.

Firmware vulnerabilities are a steadily growing percentage of the new issues added to the NIST National Vulnerability Database: five times as many attacks as four years ago. Lots of companies are experiencing attacks on firmware (83% in a recent Microsoft survey and that’s just the companies that know they’ve been attacked), but the protection …

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