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IoT Home Inspector Challenge

2/8/2017 4:03:07 PM

A man adjusting the settings in his home through his cell phone.

In a recent video to users, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed-off his new roommate, Jarvis; an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that has the ability to respond to any number of commands, including controlling home appliances, playing music, and most notably helping educate and entertain his daughter.

For many Minnesotans, a personalized AI assistant named Jarvis (or any AI assistant for that matter) that interacts seamlessly with our home is more than likely not in the foreseeable future. However, it is likely that a high percentage do have some type of home based internet-connected devices that remotely turn on lights and appliances, automatically adjust the temperature, and monitor a home from the inside/out.

While Internet of Things (IoT) devices provide some additional level of comfort and convenience, recent headlines point to some serious security risks, raising questions about the safety and security of a futuristic internet-connected home.

Just how safe and secure are these devices? And how can you know whether your internet-connected devices are updated to protect your privacy and security?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) thinks that someone out there has the answers to these questions – which is why they are hosting the prize competition, Internet of Things (IoT) Home Inspector Challenge. The goal of the competition is to identify technical solutions that will help safe-guard home-based IoT devices against current and future security vulnerabilities.

The winning solution would not only help protect us from security vulnerabilities, but would also receive $25,000 in prize money. For rules, registration information, deadlines, and frequent FAQs visit the FTC’s IoT Home Inspector Challenge.

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