Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has released a new solution for smart home and IoT devices, which will scan home Wi-Fi network and inform users of the security level of their connected devices.
Once the solution, called Kaspersky IoT Scanner, connects with the home Wi-Fi, it will automatically identify every connected device, such as Wi-Fi router, security camera, smart TV, Wi-Fi printer, tablet and smartphone.
Anything that happens within the network, whether a new device connects to the home Wi-Fi or an old device gets disconnected, it will be picked up by the scanner which will notify users of the change. The aim is to make user always aware of who is accessing the home network.
Kaspersky IoT Scanner also scans devices for any vulnerabilities. For example, if a connection port is open allowing anyone from the Internet to connect, the solution will notify users and advise them to immediately turn the device off.
As weak device password may also result in invasion from hackers, password issues with Wi-Fi router, Telnet or SSH will also be passed on as notifications to users.
The firm cited a report from Gartner indicating that there are currently over six billion IoT devices deployed worldwide and many of them have been targeted by cyber criminals. A famous example is the DDoS attack launched by the Mirai botnet last year, causing multiple web services to break down.
Kaspersky IoT Scanner will be available without any costs. It is currently in beta testing in Google Play, the Android operating system’s app store. Only a limited number of countries have access to it, and the company didn’t provide details on whether it will expand the scanner to more international markets.