The Internet of Things (IoT) is still such a burgeoning term in and of itself – nevermind the technology – that it may seem cumbersome, worrisome, or disingenuous to have a newfangled, connected device layered on top of other newfangled, connected devices.
But it isn’t stopping Dojo Labs from trying — they’re developing their first product, which is a connected device meant to watch over the security of other connected devices.
According to Wired, “Dojo has three main components: a small box that houses the computer; a digital, rock-shaped remote; and an app. The base unit—the white computer—plugs directly into the Wi-Fi router. It serves as a kind of filter for all the traffic flowing in and out of any other device using that router, and is stocked with algorithms that learn about and analyze traffic in real time, to detect anomalies.”
Dojo is trying to capitalize on something that is undoubtedly an area for market opportunity — IoT devices are riddled with security questions because they can collect tons of data by literally listening to conversations we are having, with the potential security threats being anyone’s best guess at this early stage.
So it isn’t a surprise that one Aberdeen Group analyst thinks that strategies like the one Dojo is rolling out are smart for consumers and enterprises alike.
“For the last two or three years now, it’s been increasingly clear that enterprises are augmenting their traditional, protection-oriented security controls, with capabilities to watch over what’s happening and distinguish normal behaviors from potentially bad behaviors,” said Derek Brink, Aberdeen’s vice president and research fellow for information security and IT GRC. “I can’t speak for the specific implementation of Dojo, but it’s pretty cool that this very sensible strategy has already found its way to the realm of consumers.”
Time will tell if a toddler in IoT security (Dojo) is capable of effectively managing other “toddlers” in IoT devices, but this is no doubt the first step in a new era of IT security.
Learn more about Derek’s views on detecting abnormal behaviors through his recent article, “Behavior and Identity in Modern IT: Remaining Security Anchor Points.”