In the year 2525

Cybersecurity Predictions

The Future of Connected Devices

Nowadays, anyone can purchase a quality sensor, keyboard, mouse, and other hardware devices at an affordable price. Connected devices may include such hardware devices, or the Internet of Things (IoT), which are “smart”, physical devices that can be connected to the internet. Are you using your smartwatch to keep track of how many steps you take, or how well you sleep? Well, smart watches are just one example of an IoT device which can simply be hacked, with attackers easily gaining access to your private information.

Other examples of these devices are Smart TVs, headphones, self-driving cars, coffee makers, and much more. Just recently, a senior researcher proved that a coffee maker can be hacked, since it acted as a Wi-Fi access point, which established an unencrypted and unsecured connection to another app. But worse, what would happen if a hacker would successfully program your coffee machine to attack the router, or other network-connected devices?

Flying cars or hacked cars in the future?

In more perilous incidents, hackers have been able to successfully hack into car systems. With automobiles becoming increasingly technologically advanced, although bringing many advantages, there are a number of vulnerabilities that come with such developments. In 2015, two security researchers hijacked a vehicle over the internet and the results were chilling. The hackers were able to turn the steering wheel, briefly disable the brakes, and shut off the engine – all while the driver had zero control. Thankfully, this was just a test; but imagine malicious actors were behind the attack…the consequences could be fatal.

As connected devices become more affordable, more people will purchase them. So, if this trend continues, it is predicted that by only the year 2030, each person will own around 15 connected devices! With this growing trend comes more access points for a bad actor. And, with this, brings the need to monitor more devices. However, the more devices to monitor, the increased chances of vulnerabilities going unaccounted for. This is especially dangerous at a time when hardware-based attacks are becoming more common. Existing security software solutions do not provide protection for such an attack. Hence, you are essentially completely vulnerable and will not even know that you are a victim.

Hardware implants

Hardware implants have the ability to perform a number of different attacks – including data theft, malware injection, DDoS, APTs and MiTM, to name a few – all while going completely unnoticed.  Hardware implants have been in use since at least 2008. They originally cost around $20,000, but as these attack tools are becoming more common, they are also becoming much cheaper and simpler to use… You can buy the average malicious USB drive, such as the USB Rubber Ducky, for only $50.

So, as the number of connected devices increases, and the ability to carry out a hardware attack becomes easier, one can only imagine what this means for the future of connected devices. Although technological advancements have been transformative in a hugely positive way, we cannot ignore the many dangers that they bring. It is imperative that one does everything they can to ensure that they, and their organization, are protected to the highest possible degree so that the plethora of perks that come with connected devices can be can fully enjoyed.

Sepio platform uses a novel algorithm, a combination of physical layer fingerprinting module coupled with a Machine Learning module – providing the sought-after visibility and enforcement level, it is further augmented by a threat intelligence database – ensuring a lower risk hardware infrastructure.

Hardware Assets Control solution for iot security

Sepio Hardware Access Control HAC-1, provides 100% hardware device visibility.

HAC-1 enables Hardware Access Control by setting rules based on the devices characteristics.

HAC-1 instantly detects any devices which breach the set rules and automatically block them to prevent malicious attacks, in present and Future of Connected Devices.

The idea is to Verify and then Trust that those assets are what they say they are.

With greater visibility, the zero-trust architecture can grant access decisions with complete information.

Thus, enhancing the enterprise’s protection within, and outside of, its traditional perimeters.

The Hardware Access Control capabilities of HAC-1, block Rogue Devices as soon as they are detected

Our HAC-1 solution stops an attack at the first instance, not even allowing such devices to make network access requests.

Sepio Hardware Access Control HAC-1 provides 100% hardware device visibility. No device goes unmanaged. Rogue Devices are block as soon as they are detected. HAC-1 solution stops an attack at the first instance, not even allowing such devices to make network access requests.

Physical Layer Fingerprinting

Sepio is the only company in the world to undertake Physical Layer fingerprinting . HAC-1 detects and handles all peripherals; no device goes unmanaged.

With this total visibility, a stronger cyber security posture is achieved. There is no longer needed to rely on manual reporting or employee compliance. Sepio manage security and provides answers to questions such as:

  • Do we have an implant or spoofed device in our network?
  • How many IoT devices do we have?
  • Who are the top 5 vendors for devices found in our network?
  • Where are the most vulnerable switches in our network?

Having visibility across all hardware assets provides a more comprehensive cyber security defense.

Reduce the risk of a hardware attack being successful and our private health data being stolen.

Founded in 2016 by cybersecurity industry veterans from the Israeli Intelligence community, Sepio’s HAC-1 is the first hardware access control platform that provides visibility, control, and mitigation to zero trust, insider threat, BYOD, IT, OT and IoT security programs.

Sepio’s Technology

Sepio’s hardware fingerprinting technology discovers all managed, unmanaged and hidden devices that are otherwise invisible to all other security tools.

Sepio is a strategic partner of Munich Re, the world’s largest re-insurance company, and Merlin Cyber, a leading cybersecurity federal solution provider.

Heavy spending on cybersecurity should bring a high return on investment, yet gaps in visibility limit this. Sepio Hardware Access Control (HAC-1) solution provides a panacea to gaps in device visibility to ensure you are getting the most out of your cybersecurity investments.

HAC-1 integrates with existing solutions, such as NAC, EPS, SIEM and SOAR, to enhance the organization’s cybersecurity posture. HAC-1’s deep visibility capabilities mean no device goes unmanaged; the solution identifies, detects, and handles all IT/OT/IoT devices.

Moreover, HAC-1’s policy enforcement mechanism and Rogue Device Mitigation capabilities instantly block any unapproved or rogue hardware. In doing so, ultimately, HAC-1 enables a Zero Trust Hardware Access approach which stops attackers at the first line of defense.

Sepio supporting compliance

Sepio Hardware Access Control (HAC-1) solution provides entities with the Physical Layer coverage they need to obtain complete device visibility. And, in doing so, also provides protection against hardware-based attacks.

As the leader in Rogue Device Mitigation (RDM), Sepio’s solution identifies, detects and handles all peripherals; no device goes unmanaged.

Future of Connected Devices

HAC-1 uses Physical Layer fingerprinting technology and Machine Learning to calculate a digital fingerprint from the electrical characteristics of all devices and compares them against known fingerprints.

In doing so, HAC-1 is able to provide organizations with ultimate device visibility and detect vulnerable devices and switches within the infrastructure.

In addition to the deep visibility layer, a comprehensive policy enforcement mechanism recommends on best practice policy and allows the administrator to define a strict, or more granular, set of rules for the system to enforce.

When a device breaches the pre-set policy, HAC-1 automatically instigates a mitigation process that instantly blocks unapproved or Rogue hardware.

Furthermore, HAC-1’s RDM capabilities support compliance with Section 8 of the EO, which concerns the government’s investigative and remediation capabilities. Section 8 focuses on enhancing data collection efforts in order to improve the investigation and remediation processes following an incident. HAC-1 logs all hardware asset information and usage and maintains such data for a period defined by the system administrator.