Avira Introduces SafeThings to Protect your Network's IOT Devices

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  1. LASER_oneXM

    LASER_oneXM Level 21
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    Feb 4, 2016
    Germany / Poland
    Windows 8.1
    source (bleepingcomputer.com): Avira Introduces SafeThings to Protect your Network's IOT Devices

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  2. Windows_Security

    Windows_Security Level 14
    Content Creator Trusted

    Mar 13, 2016
    Windows 7
    When the solution is up and running now, I have to complement Avira: they have the guts to develop a IoT-security infrastructure without having customers for it.

    Strategists in the security industry are talking about security architectures for the IoT. The general consensus is that effective IoT security consists of
    1. A small local snooping client
      Similar to your Router's Quality of Service monitoring system it would look at traffic (collecting meta data). The Achilles heel is that it needs to be installed on your modem/router. Avira is smart by explicitely targetting ISP, since most ISP are capable to maintain your router at their central systems. Focusing on the ISP bypasses the need for individual home users to upgarde the firmware of their mode/router. The ISP simply pushes them to all their clients.

    2. Central Intrusion detection and response
      This treath detection center would collect meta data through the cloud on the (exiting) service bandwidth channel (so home user would not notice it at all). Traffic pattern and behaviour analysis would be performed by Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning system. AI/ML would also take automated response or trigger alerts depending on severity of the anomaly.

    Again compliments to Avira that they jumped into this market first.
  3. tim one

    tim one Level 19
    Trusted AV Tester

    Jul 31, 2014
    Windows 10
    Good move by Avira but I think it would be necessary to have a series of guidelines addressed primarily to designers and manufacturers. The main suggestion concerns the application of the principles of “secure by definition” during all phases of product development, from the concept to the production, instead of dealing with the problem of security at the end of the cycle, when the margins of action are reduced to a minimum. Designers should join the operational controls already in the configuration phase of systems to ensure that all behaviors of the components conform to the operating standards provided for, by undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the profile of risk exposure of the system focus on the removal of unwanted results (especially with respect to user data breaches).

    Then it is necessary the adoption of a new mental approach that provides for the monitoring of the operating state and the security of the object in a continuous way.
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  4. Windows_Security

    Windows_Security Level 14
    Content Creator Trusted

    Mar 13, 2016
    Windows 7
    Agree, but when your sink is floating over with water because the tap is wide open, then there is an obvious cause-effect relation. Everyman in his right mind will try to close the tap and stop the water from doing additional damage. In security we first start throwing towels on the floor and placing sand bags before the doors of the room to mitigate the water damage (before trying to stop the problem at its root cause). Ahh well it is start and move in the good direction (in an ideal world ...sigh)
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