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There Is No Smart Home that Is Not a Secure Home, and the Edge Is Where It's At

By Arti Loftus February 15, 2019

Managing the edge of the IoT is hard – and managing the edge at scale, when it comes to millions of smart homes with increasing connected products, is mission critical especially when it comes to securing the endpoints, gateways, and access to IP networks including through WiFi routers.

Cloud is the answer to scale, and as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) morphs into Security-as-a-Service offerings, companies are innovating, including Dojo by Bull Guard, which focuses on providing Communications Service Providers (CSPs) with IoT technologies.

Clearly the company -- which today announced a new solution whimsically called DIP EDGE -- didn’t have to choose between 5G and MEC architectures, which are finally manifesting after years of development and community-based standards building.

In an announcement distributed today, Dojo by BullGuard unveiled a single platform IoT security service, DIP EDGE, capable of supporting both 5G and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) vis a Virtualized Network Function (VNF).

“DIP EDGE is a highly distributed, CSP-grade IoT security gateway with a comprehensive set of IoT-related threat detection and mitigation features,” claiming this as the first IoT security platform that enables CSPs to offer seamless IoT security services across fixed and mobile broadband networks.

DIP EDGE VNF can be deployed in any computing platform ranging from bare metal to a fully virtualized NFV (Networks Function Visualization) platform, providing CSPs with flexible deployment options across their network infrastructure.

“The intersection of 5G and IoT presents huge business potential and service innovations for CSPs and consumers, but also introduces a new set of cybersecurity threats to the existing threat landscape – one that requires an entirely new approach to securing the massive amount of vulnerable IoT devices,” said Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security at BullGuard. “As the world’s first company to deliver a network-based IoT security platform, designed for the modern mobile network architecture, we’re proud to offer CSPs and their customers an integrated IoT security service. DIP EDGE provides an experience that is seamless and extremely consumer-friendly. Consumers simply register on the service, and any device that utilizes the home or mobile network is automatically secured.”

The company will be demonstrating the platform and IoT security edge computing capabilities at Mobile World Congress Barcelona, February 25 – 28 at the Fira Gran Via, Hall 5 – 5E41 in the Israel Pavilion.

The Dojo Intelligent IoT Platform’s container-based distributed architecture provides CSPs with the flexibility to provide network-based services running on any virtualization platform, which the company says makes it “easier to load-balance, scale up and down, and move its functions across distributed hardware resources in a fully automated manner.”

Additionally, DIP EDGE enables continuous security and content filter updates, without interruption to the CSP’s customers.

The Dojo Intelligent IoT Security Platform uses multi-layered technology that covers multiple IoT security and parental control use cases for fixed and mobile networks.

Cybersecurity features include:

  • Automatic Device Discovery
  • Smart Vulnerability Scanner
  • Smart Managed Firewall
  • Smart Managed IDPS
  • Secure Web Proxy
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • AI-based Behavioral Analysis, and DDoS prevention.

Parental control features include: User and Device-based URL Filtering, Bedtime (Internet time) Control and Usage Control for Headless Devices.

According to a recent Accenture report, Ready, Set, Smart: CSPs and the Race to the Smart Home, the IoT market represents a $100 billion profit opportunity to the CSP industry. Survey data in the report gleaned from 26,000 consumers noted they are short on time, keen on convenience and eager for a single trusted provider that can offer support, security and the convenience of an ‘out of the box’ experience. 80 percent of survey respondents said they prefer a provider to manage their digital needs and 71 percent would choose a CSP for a connected home.


Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Special Correspondent

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