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Icon Labs' firewall software shields IoT devices

25 Sep 2013  | Julien Happich

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Icon Labs recently unveiled a software firewall that protects connected Smart Home devices from Internet-based attacks. The software features the company's suite of security products that provide device protection, management and incident reporting to home users and service providers via a secure web page.

The software product is to be licensed and embedded by manufacturers of smart home Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Manufacturers can embed Floodgate in the tiny processor and communication chips found in connected devices such as thermostats, window alarms, temperature sensors, and home health sensors. Once the device is connected to the web, the end user, home system integrator or service provider sets up the security arrangement. This limits access to a few specific people, phone numbers, or the IP address of a specific laptop or tablet.

By stopping communication from unapproved devices, the software blocks unauthorised access, protects against automated hacking drones, and can even prevent the device from being discovered by hackers. It is designed for use in embedded systems and can be used with operating systems such as Embedded Linux, INTEGRITY, VelOSity, VxWorks, LynxOS, MQX, or eCos, or devices without an operating system.




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