Top New Technology (TNT) Awards @ ISE recognized new and outstanding products and services being exhibited at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Each year, CE Pro and its sister publications work with a team of integrators from around the world to judge the top products and services in 15 commercial categories and 13 residential categories at the ISE show. Entrants are judged on their technological innovation, benefits to the integrator, and benefits to the end user.
The FIREFX Network Guardian Internet of Things (IoT) Cyber-Security Router and Intrusion Prevention System was selected as the Top New Technology for Residential Household Enhancements in 2017.
With the current state of the Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) cyber-security, there is a great need for a real and meaningful security standard that can be deployed comfortably by the average system integrator. FIREFX has developed a product just or this; designed and customized to address the security needs of the 21st century smart home and business out of the box.
"We are really excited to continue our culture of creating award winning products for the home and business automation industry," Stated Larry Allhands, US Army Network Operations Engineer and CEO of FIREFX, "But even more important to us is the fact that this award raises awareness to the emerging threat presented by IoT and network security."
The FIREFX Network Guardian replaces the traditional router/firewall in a smart home or business, adding superior performance, proactive IoT protection, cyber-security and data protection. The Network Guardian does this by combining a military-grade intrusion detection/protection platform and firewall to the traditional router in a superior hardware chassis.
In addition to this, the Network Guardian comes with a pre-configured VPN server with two clients featuring two-factor authentication. So out of the box, the integrator will be able to remotely access the client's network in a secure fashion and offer that same secure remote access to their clientele.
In short, we have provided a completely secure product pre-configured by some of the best military-trained cyber-security experts utilizing the same tools, techniques and best practices used to protect Top Secret tactical networks. We do the hard work for Integrator so they don't have to become a network engineer in order to protect their clientele. In addition to this, we serve as the integrator's cyber-security concierge, remotely motioning and supporting the Network Guardian as needed.
As a result, the customer enjoys superior protection, and the system integrator gains remote access and the reliability and peace of mind, knowing that their network will operate reliably and at a high level of performance and that their smart home devices will remain protected and functional over the long hall.
Typical router/firewalls on the market today provide rudimentary protection for networks. Like a solid front door on a home or business, they really just keep the honest people out. Any burglar worth their salt will use an alternate entry point, which is why we all use monitored security systems.
Just as a home security system ensures your clientele's physical security, the FIREFX Network Guardian ensures their cyber-security. The Network Guardian is the first dedicated security router/firewall designed specifically for IoT smart home deployments. With pre-configured monitored VLANs for Control Systems, PC/Wireless Devices, Guest Access, and even Kid Safe protected Internet access, the Network Guardian lets the integrator fine tune and protect network access like a networking pro, without actually having to be a networking pro.
How does it work? In simplest terms, the VLANs create a separation in the network traffic, allowing for granular content filtering and creating inspection points as traffic traverses the router. As traffic crosses between VLANs or goes in or out of the router, it is carefully inspected for known threats by comparing it to threat patterns that are downloaded twice daily to protect your network from emerging viruses and malware. In addition to this, the Network Guardian continually analyzes your traffic, learning what is normal and flagging suspicious traffic for closer scrutiny. Traffic identified as malicious is immediately shut down, protecting the entire network from cross contamination.
Now system integrators can confidently address their clients' concerns and questions regarding the installation of inherently insecure IoT devices while offering a tangible core service to build their RMR offering around and through the Network Guardian's VPN server, provide 24/7 secure remote access to their clients' networks in order to provide better support.
The Network Guardian's military-grade firewall and intrusion prevention system technology was rated in the top three security offerings last year closely behind Fortinet and Cisco. With the Network Guardian, a system integrator can deploy this level of security and performance at a fraction of the cost and complexity.