FTC – IoT Home Inspector Challenge

IoT Home Inspector Challenge

So the FTC wants someone to “create” a tool that can protect consumers from vulnerabilities in IoT devices.

Here is a snippet on the criteria required:

  • Submissions must provide a technical solution, rather than a policy or legal solution.
  • The tool must work on home IoT devices that currently exist on the market.
  • The tool must protect information it collects both in transit and at rest.
  • The Submission must address how the tool will avoid or mitigate any additional security risks that the tool itself might introduce into the consumer’s home by, for example, probing the home network or facilitating software upgrades.

There are thousands of different I0T device types, vendors, Companies, etc. How is this going to be feasible with such a broad scope of devices?

Prize is up to $25k with $3k going to honorable mentions.

Give it a whirl would ya. Submissions are due by May 22nd 2017.


Data Unknown

The internet is full of known and unknown data. There is a whole new breed of data being utilized for good and for bad. Take the recent IoT attacks, something as harmless as a webcam or DVR can be used to take down the internet.

There are plenty of things floating out on the internet. My favorite is personal data. From experience the personal data left open to everyone on the internet is caused by being uneducated. mostly this is driven by the user. They purchase something. Plug it into the internet. And away they go.

We will be exploring the “open” data on this site.

Cheers my friends and happy hunting. 🙂