A company named Zingbox has been reported by multiple sources to be in the development of a product that claims it can protect IoT devices from the storm of IoT malware that has hit the web as of late.
The System Is Called “Guardian” and it offers multiple features that are focused on detecting intrusive or irrational behavior from the original configuration of a given IoT device.
The program is also reported to heavily work with the could to conduct information exchange and hence uses info from different devices to find out each IoT device in the whole network in overall. When traffic on a given network that is interconnected with IoT devices is detected it is sent right up to the cloud database of Zingbox. From there the data is analyzed for multiple inconsistencies. Those inconsistences may be compared to a pre-configured database and If anything is out of order, a signal is sent directly to the administrators or whoever is responsible for the IoT devices in the network.
The way that this information is examined by the software is via mirrored ports on the switches of the network. It uses those ports to interconnect to the devices directly and then find out their model, class and other information. The program is also reported to have a learning algorithm that calculates the average behavior values on the machine and then this data is compared to the device, when suspicious behavior is tracked.
If something is detected to be out of the ordinary, the system is reported to have the ability to act automatically or send a report to someone in charge of the network.
What is more, the software has so far proven that it is capable to support over 100,000 devices and even more. The test on the false positives has resulted in a very low rate of false positives, meaning the system is capable of operating in real life.
The latest update about Guardian which we know so far is that it has become publicly available at a price raging up to 60$ per year for one device.
This is a very interesting solution and approach to IoT anti-malware and we will keep track of how the cyber-security field responds to the emerging IoT threats that are becoming a more important issue.