Itus Networks Taps Kickstarter for Home Gateway Security
VIDEO: Co-founders of Itus Networks detail their bid to revolutionize home Internet security.While Internet connectivity in the home is now mainstream, gateway security to protect users is not. It's a gap that startup Itus Networks is aiming to address with a Linux-powered home gateway device called the iGuardian. Before Itus can deliver the iGuardian though, the company needs to raise $125,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in order to build the device. The Kickstarter campaign ends on Sept. 12, and as of Aug. 19, $61,000 has been raised. "What we saw is a huge gap between what consumers are being offered today and what is needed," Jock Breitwieser, co-founder of Itus Networks told eWEEK. Breitwieser noted that antivirus technologies are only protecting one endpoint machine, leaving other elements of a home network potentially still at risk. Among the elements of a home network that can often be left unprotected is the user's own home router, which Breitwieser said can be easily hacked. As the Internet of things becomes a reality and home users begin to have Internet-connected devices like thermostats, lights, TVs and garage door controllers, there is a real need to provide gateway security for all of those devices. The iGuardian gateway security box is a Linux-powered device that will include a firewall and the open-source Snort Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) among its features to defend home networks.
As to why Itus Networks is looking to Kickstarter to fund its device, there are a number of reasons. Daniel Ayoub, co-founder of Itus Networks, told eWEEK that many startups will chase venture capitalists for money instead of spending time developing a product. He added that right now the plan for Itus Networks is to really focus on developing the product itself.