New Service Helps Businesses Overcome Network Security Risks
togoCIO today announced Firmware-Watch, an innovative product offering which tracks firmware releases and security vulnerabilities for network-attached devices on customer networks. These devices includes network equipment, such as routers, access points and firewalls, along with printers, scanners, cameras, and other such office devices known as Internet of Things.
"I believe this unique and innovative service will fill a major void in network security management," said Robert C. Covington, togoCIO's founder and President. "There is a growing number of network-attached devices today, even in small businesses. These include basic office equipment like printers and security cameras, known as Internet of Things devices. Many of these are stuck in a closet and forgotten. Hackers are making increasing use of such equipment to break into networks, interrupt essential services, and capture intellectual property."
According to an article published by Business Insider, the total number of Internet of Things devices in use will exceed 7 billion by 2017. With the rapid adoption of such devices, organizations are having increasing trouble keeping track of them. The failure to track firmware and vulnerabilities in such devices can lead to a significant data breach.
The Firmware-Watch service will allow users to submit a list of their devices, and to be notified immediately of any security-related issues identified for equipment on their list. As a public service, a subscription will be available to home users and small businesses with a single device at no charge. In addition, the service web site will freely publish data about new issues via its blog, and will provide firmware and security download links for all major vendors.
This new service, available immediately, can be accessed at firmware-watch.com.
Robert C. Covington