Another article regarding IoT by Ben Dickson, recently published by TNW News, 4 devices that can help secure your home’s IoT.
The fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon has already changed our lives in unimaginable ways, and offers many promising ideas in the future. Things that are accomplished with connected devices these days were inconceivable a few years back.
But as with every technology, there’s a dark side to IoT, and as hot new gadgets make our homes smarter, they’re also making them more vulnerable to new forms of cyber-attacks and malicious activities.
With so many vulnerable IoT gadgets at large, there are many reasons for you to worry about your smart-home’s security. And with IoT devices multiplying at a chaotic pace, you’ll soon be hard-pressed to control and the dozens of connected gadgets adorning your home.
In response to the growing number of IoT devices in homes and the potential attack vectors they introduce, tech firms are offering new smart solutions that make up for the shortcomings of individual devices by creating a shell around your home’s IoT ecosystem and controlling the interactions with and between your gadgets in a centralized way.
Here are some of the titles that are promising to provide all-in-one solutions for security problems in smart homes.
SENSE connects to your existing Wi-Fi router and adds a layer of security to your home network, which you can monitor and control through an administrative mobile application. The device scans your network activity, and sends you notifications if it “senses” that something’s not right.
The SENSE app can be installed on smartphones, tablets and computers, and allows you to block any incoming our outgoing traffic that seems suspicious, giving you centralized remote control over individual devices in your network.
Aside from setting a secure perimeter around your home, SENSE also scrutinizes your network’s inner activities and protects your devices from things that are inside your network. “The reason why we have this feature,” says Mika Stahlberg, director of product management at F-Secure, “is that while your smart toaster might not be critical to your security and privacy, its vulnerabilities can be used as a bridgehead to take over other devices in your home.”
One of the strengths of the SENSE gadget is its combination with F-Secure’sSecure Cloud, a vast repository of known viruses and threats that helps the device decide about suspicious activity it detects.
According to Mika Majapuro, Director of Product Management at F-Secure, Secure Cloud “uses advanced technologies such as behavioral analysis and machine learning to detect, categorize, and block new threats.” Secure Cloud is constantly being updated with new threat and product information, always keeping SENSE gadgets up to date with the latest threat information.