We are Firedome, and earlier this year we embarked on a mission to spread security across the home IoT industry. Over the last few years, this industry has been rapidly assimilated into our lives with very little security in mind.
The IoT revolution is here, and there is no doubt the fountain of interconnectivity is making our lives easier. It helps our day to day be more efficient, from controlling our home without getting off the couch to shopping using merely our voice to remotely opening our home lock when we forget the keys at work (again). Let’s face it - IoT makes our lives a dream.
But what happens when things go south? When a burglar remotely opens our front door when no one is home? Or when Alexa starts recording an argument between us and our spouses? Or when our light bulb is mining cryptocurrency and blowing up our electricity bill? It is as if we built a glass walled house and anyone can have a glance - what we eat, what we buy and even what we wear to go to sleep.
Although the IoT phenomenon is startling in its expansion rate, innovation, and adaptability, the security component is still in its infancy. Coming from a vast background in embedded devices cybersecurity, and watching how the IoT domain has evolved, we at Firedome know that while our lives are becoming more conveniently connected, there will be a privacy price to pay.
We see IoT security differently
From baby monitors being hacked to Google Home sharing our location - home IoT security has been in the headlines recently. There is a broad understanding that serious action should be taken to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IoT. However, in contrast to security models of enterprises, home LANs do not have a CISO responsible for monitoring, controlling and responding in case of cyber attack or security breach.
So the big question is - where does the ownership for securing IoT dwell?
The landscape of security responsibility in the tech industry is changing; vendors are shifting from relying on third-parties to take care of security, to grasping ownership and developing in-house security features. The main reasons for this shift are that the vendor has in-depth knowledge of its core system and is incentivized to minimize the cost of a breach. A good example is Microsoft which decided to take matters into its own hands and not to depend on consumers to download AVG or AVAST, and released Windows Defender Antivirus.
We founded Firedome to enable the connected future. A future where consumers can safely enjoy the quality of life that home IoT enables, without privacy and safety risks, and allow vendors to rest assure that their good name and assets are safe and secure. We are a team of cybersecurity experts from Israel’s elite cyber intelligence units (so we know how attackers think) with a vision of securing a future with billions of home IoT devices.
Our mission is to allow vendors to concentrate on what they do best - creating best-in-class IoT products and grow a sustainable business- while we do what we do best - protect our vendors and create a secure, connected future.
Coming next - The Illusion of Security By Design
Moti Shkolnik is Founder & CEO of Firedome and the former Head of the Cyber Division at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, with 15 years of experience in Cybersecurity R&D, Operations and Management.