FIREFX has made a name for itself by building award winning media platforms for over 4 years now. In response to requests from several of our customers, we have recently turned our military and industry expertise toward network and Internet of Things (IoT) security which is seriously lacking. The fact is, most networks in this industry are wide open to attacks such as Denial Of Service (DOS), malware based Remote Access Tool (RAT), Ransom-ware, worms and viruses targeting headless IoT devices, and IoT Machine to Machine (M2M) attacks.
"The standard firewall protection afforded by residential gateways and even the industry standard routers is woefully inadequate in the growth of insecure IoT devices," stated FIREFX CEO Larry Allhands, "In the race to bring products to the IoT market, developers have all but abandoned networking security best practices. This fact leaves the system integrator and their clients at serious risk of losing control of their network and having their digital lives compromised." "
"In my experience," Allhands continued, "As a US Army Signal Officer and Network Operations Chief of the 36th Infantry Division, 99% of successful hacking attacks originate behind the firewall from an infected file or firmware residing on a USB, visit to a web page infected with hidden malware, an infected payload on an email, or even a CD or DVD with infected files on them. The residential and even industry standard firewall will not protect against this."
Once a worm or virus finds a beachhead behind your firewall, it can freely dial home and download exploit packages through the firewall without raising suspicion. A printer for instance could become a network scanner, probing your internal network for other IoT devices with lax security (and there are many of them out there). It could, for instance, find and infect a refrigerator or network camera that could be turned into a sniffer, monitoring network traffic for login credentials, credit card numbers, account numbers, social security numbers, and emailing them to the hackers daily. The attacks available once these devices get behind a firewall are legion.
This is not different in the military or enterprise arenas. In the military, for instance, an Information Assurance or IA platform is deployed to monitor network traffic for known attack patterns. New attack profiles are updated daily and all traffic is inspected via deep packet inspection on a network proxy. As attacks are identified, the attack routes are actively denied, preventing further penetration and exploitation. These platforms are typically not easy to deploy and take a highly trained, qualified individual to tune, operate and monitor them.
This "IA" solution is what is needed on a micro scale to protect the Automation/AV IoT networks being deployed in homes and small to medium sized businesses today. It is with this in mind that FIREFX is designing the first and only automated Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance in the industry. With a true military grade security package and plug-and-play ease of installation, you won't need to be a network engineer to protect your customers' networks while adding real tangible value to your service contracts and driving meaningful recurring revenue.
"We will continue to build our award winning media systems, but we can no longer ignore the gaping security holes in the AV industry," added Ken Allhands, VP of Software.