Jeremy Hitchcock

IoT device classification for better management

Billions of new devices in the home have created a big headache for home owners, consumer electronic companies, service providers, and IT solution providers.  Not only are an estimated 40% of IoT devices not ever properly setup, the management paradigm for IoT requires a different approach from BYOD and other corporate devices. Here’s an inside look on how Minim tackles IoT management for homes.

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Nicole Hayward

Smart home security teardown: why VPN, firewall, and antivirus don't cut it

The number of devices in homes is exploding, and service providers are feeling the impact. The “smart home” is a fun term for progressive consumers, but in this moment, it might be best translated to “widened attack surface” to ISPs. (Not as fun.)

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Nicole Hayward

BLU’s FTC settlement: good reminder that IoT security is tricky

On April 30, 2018, the FTC announced that it has reached a settlement with the US mobile phone maker BLU over deceptive security claims. As we're focused on consumer IoT security and management, I thought I'd reflect on some challenges this event has highlighted.

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Jeremy Hitchcock

Is my IoT device online, active, or in use?

Internet of things devices are always on and always connected.  This raises all sorts of questions on what it means for a device to be active.

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Nicole Hayward

It's official

Minim raises a $2.5M seed round to secure the Internet of Things

We are thrilled to announce a seed round of funding led by Flybridge Capital Partners and Founder Collective, which marks for us the official launch of our products and services. If you're new to our community, let us tell you a bit about our mission. 

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Jeremy Hitchcock

Why Minim

Minim was inspired by the DDoS attack against Dyn on October 21. 2016.  What happened that day was the largest ever botnet attacked and disabled a key piece of the Internet.  Said a different way, a few punks in a few weekends effectively disabled (temporarily) the company I built for 15 years.

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Jeremy Hitchcock

Value Chain for Devices

In the enterprise, value has shifted gradually from the hardware vendors to the software vendors.  Even companies who are "hardware" companies (Apple and Cisco) are just as known for their prowess in developing software.  Simply said, the software and the applications became more interesting.  Hardware companies either evolved or died.

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Jeremy Hitchcock

IoT Depends on Internet

Here's a story about the light bulb and the electric grid that is worth telling.  The 1800s witnessed John Swan and Thomas Edison developing the electric candle.  Edison, understanding its commercial applications, patented the technology.  

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