In the recent article, Say Hello to IoT, Acoustic Architects Director of Design and Development, Luther Core, describes the Internet of Things as, “…essentially a catch-all term that covers everything from individual ‘smart’ devices up to entirely connected communities.”

No longer an emerging concept, IoT issues have popped in the news lately as something of concern. A cyber attack recently forced the entire Nest Secure system offline. Homeowners subscribing to Nest services were temporarily unable to arm/disarm or lock/unlock their devices via the app. Another recent article emerged from Forbes about a Las Vegas Casino hack via an automated fish tank. The story shows how easy it is for a criminal to exploit data “exfiltration.” The high tech fish tank “…allowed hackers to swipe 10 gigabytes of data…” before the outflow was discovered.

According to a recent quote from IoT expert, Jim Hunter, “It’s all about the bots…bots make up 29 percent of all Web traffic. Bots or botnets aren’t people—they’re programs, or a network of them, that can scan and exploit millions of Internet connections faster than you can close your laptop case.” The bots, or web crawlers, are like spiders. They crawl your system, gathering information with or without your permission, and a system is at its most vulnerable at the time of set-up.  

Although incidences like the Fish Tank and the Nest attack are not isolated, and network security breaches are now commonplace, Acoustic Architects clients can rest assured that issues arising in the “Internet of Things” is under the thumb of the company’s ever watchful IT security team. SIEM or Security Information Event Management, is a tagline for watching the big picture and every little detail of integrated home network systems. Any little breach sets off an alarm for the team, and the malware systems go to work. Acoustic Architects are on top of the SEIM for their clients.

Updates capable of handling new cyber security threats are what Acoustic Architects do regularly, remotely, and with expertise. The design team not only create the Responsive Living concept for a client’s home or commercial space, but also monitor and update security software to ensure the antivirus and systems are all up to date and at the top of the malware game. They use both wired and wireless technologies in their designs. While wired systems are proven more secure, and less susceptible to attack than the wireless variety, both options can be considered, and constantly monitored for integrity.

Clients who use Acoustic Architects can breathe easy knowing that the network security of their private residences and commercial properties, as well as the integrity of their highly valuable personal data, are constantly monitored to ensure the very best cyber protection available on the market. This assurance offers an effective yet safe arena for communication across automated smart systems.

‘Responsive Living,’ the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

If you would like to learn more about securing smart home systems, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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