The Visitor's Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington.Source: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images for Microsoft

What you need to know

  • ReFirm Labs handles firmware analysis and security.
  • Microsoft has acquired the company.
  • ReFirm Labs will now help Microsoft's IoT security efforts.

Microsoft has acquired ReFirm Labs to help protect its firmware "across devices that form the intelligent edge." This edge is made up of everything from servers to the Internet of Things. However, Microsoft's not only looking to get firmware security expertise out of the acquisition; it's also aiming to score a company with the skills to handle the Centrifuge firmware platform.

The full announcement can be seen at Microsoft's site, though a few choice paragraphs highlight the core of the deal. Here's an excerpt from the announcement to give you an idea of why the tech giant gobbled up ReFirm Labs:

"Microsoft believes that firmware is not a future threat, but an imperative to secure now as more devices flood the market and expand the available attack surface. We are committed to helping customers protect from these sophisticated threats now and in the future, which is why we're announcing that we have acquired ReFirm Labs."

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Microsoft also included a handy infographic that outlines the benefits ReFirm Labs brings to the table.

Refirm Labs AcquisitionSource: Microsoft

Microsoft claims this acquisition will help it with the eight-trillion-plus security signals it processes every single day. With that many signals, one would imagine it will need all the assistance it can get.

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