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By Rich Handley

Avnet Offers Free IoT Security Starter Kits

To help developers create secure IoT solutions, global technology solutions provider Avnet is giving away 20,000 free Azure Sphere starter kits. Developers will have access to a series of resources, including webinars, lectures, road tests and design contests hosted by Avnet, as part of the company's relationship with Microsoft's Azure Sphere Ecosystem.

Developed by Avnet and announced earlier this year, the Avnet Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit equips IoT endpoint devices to be highly secure. The starter kit leverages the Avnet-developed Azure Sphere module that is based on Microsoft's Azure Sphere operating system and Azure Sphere Security Service, hosted on a MediaTek MT3620 secure MCU. The kits will be offered through Avnet's Hackster.io and element14communities with kits and contest submissions open until Sept. 30, 2019.

Additionally, developers will be able to participate in two design challenges based on the Azure Sphere starter kit, with the opportunity to win a range of prizes totaling more than $70,000:

"Sensing the World": Participants are challenged to develop an IoT device that demonstrates the potential of Azure Sphere. They can utilize their choice of peripherals, complementing the on-board connectivity, sensors and expansion possibilities, as well as choose their own application. Submitted projects will be judged on ingenuity and how well they achieve their stated purpose.

"Secure Everything Challenge": Focusing on the increasing need for security, participants are challenged to create a highly secured, connected MCU-powered device using Azure Sphere. Projects should satisfy one of a number of defined themes, including building and home automation, smart retail, and energy and renewables solutions.

"The rapid expansion of IoT has brought forward a new set of security challenges for developers, putting even more projects at risk of getting lost in 'proof of concept purgatory,'" said Lou Lutostanski, Avnet's VP for the Internet of Things, in a prepared statement. "By working with Microsoft, we've combined the superior security benefits of Azure Sphere with Avnet's hardware and software capabilities. As a result, we're delivering secure IoT support that designers need to take their concepts from the back of a napkin all the way to production, faster than before."

The MT3620 Starter Kit utilizes Microsoft's secure Azure Sphere OS and Azure Sphere Security Service. By uniting hardware, software and cloud in a single solution, Azure Sphere secures the seven critical properties of an IoT device: hardware root of trust, defense in depth, small trusted computing base, dynamic compartments, certificate-based authentication, failure reporting and renewable security.

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