With recent exploits targeting connected devices that are often found in residential installations, Ihiji is helping technology professionals and manufacturers work through the ever-changing security landscape with the addition of new security scanning and firmware management features. These exploits targeted exposed devices (devices not protected by a firewall), devices with poor or leaked passwords, or known compromised firmware.
A recent audit conducted by Ihiji found that, of dealer managed networks with active Ihiji Invision service, 40 percent of have at least one port open. These ports were often associated with unsecured communication protocols and many of them were commonly used for home automation systems or security camera systems.
Ihiji’s new security scanning service allows technology professionals to get insights into what vulnerabilities might exist on each of the client networks they manage. Scanning each network for open ports or known exploits on a regular basis will ensure the networks are as secure as possible.
“Ports are opened and left opened for a variety of reasons, some of them may be legitimate, some of them may be historical artifacts, and others may be due to human error or oversight,” said Stuart Rench, CEO of Ihiji. “The new Ihiji security scanning service allows network administrators to stay on top of these potential security threats.”
Ihiji provides customer-facing reports that the dealer can then send to their clients on a periodic basis to give them peace of mind and show their value. Many technology professionals are considering adding these security scans and reports as part of their standard managed service plans.
“Technology professionals in the smart home space often work with high-profile clients, integrating whole home control, entertainment systems, access control and security cameras into the system,” Rench said. “It is critical that these systems be as secure as possible to protect the client’s privacy and security.”
To help home electronics manufacturers overcome the challenge of firmware management and patching, Ihiji is also launching a manufacturer database and notification service as part of the new Ihiji Vendor Insights Program (VIP). The VIP allows manufacturers to easily communicate current device firmware to both the Ihiji Invision platform and also as part of the new Ihiji Device Visibility Protocol (DVP).
As part of VIP, Ihiji has released a remote monitoring and management standard for the industry to help manufacturers increase visibility into their devices. The firmware database allows device manufacturers to post updates to the database when new software updates are released for their products. Combining the manufacturer database and device insights, Ihiji can work with manufacturers to communicate the availability of new and critical firmware updates.
Ihiji is excited to help technology professionals and manufacturers improve their customer network and product security. Manufacturers who are interested in learning more about these new services can contact Ihiji. Technology professionals can look for additions of the new security features in Ihiji’s regular product updates which require no manual work by the dealer and no additional fees. The new security features will be included for dealers for as part of Ihiji’s Invision Standard subscription. Ihiji has recently announced a change to its pricing model that provides a free Lite subscription allowing for Internet uptime and performance monitoring as well as unlimited remote reboots.