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Guard Dog - Protecting Your Smart Home

If You Have a Smart Home, Guard Dog Will Protect You and the "Things" in Your Home from Hackers. Protect your privacy and security

Guard Dog - Protecting Your Smart Home

If You Have a Smart Home, Guard Dog Will Protect You and the "Things" in Your Home from Hackers. Protect your privacy and security

$443
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7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 23 2019 1:17 AM UTC +00:00

About

Protecting You from the "Things" in Your Home

Guard Dog, by A Cloud of My Own


We love gadgets.  Automated devices that make your life easier are fantastic.  Lights, plugs, appliances, locks, heating and cooling, security cameras.   We love them.  However, they do create risk.    

Each network connected device in your home creates a target for hackers or automated 'malware'.    These devices are poorly protected and incredibly easy to hack, making them prime targets for hackers.

Once a device is infected, it becomes a jumping off point to watch, listen, capture your information and control these devices.  Your information and data can be send anywhere in the world, and you will have no idea it's happening.    Your firewall, cable company and anti-virus programs don't protect you from these threats.

Large companies spend loads of time and money protecting themselves against these threats.  The bad news is no one is protecting your home or small business. 

New, Terrifying Hacks are being reported every day
New, Terrifying Hacks are being reported every day

If you have a devices connected to the internet in your home, it's time to add a Guard Dog to keep you safe.  We have developed products specifically to protect you against these attacks on your privacy and security.   

Winner of multiple Innovation awards. ( Mass Innovations - Best Product, New England Business Association - Innovation Technology Finalist, CEDIA - Innovation Alley [Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association)

A pledge of $29 for a Guard Dog Lite can start protecting your home, apartment, or office.  Simple to install.  Doesn't disrupt anything in your home.  $29 to protect the security and privacy of yourself, family, your business.    Please contribute to our mission of protecting your privacy and security today. 

Guard Dog Lite Prototype - showing how small and unobtrusive it is - easy installation - just plug in the power cord
Guard Dog Lite Prototype - showing how small and unobtrusive it is - easy installation - just plug in the power cord
Guard Dog
Guard Dog

Several years ago, our founder was installing a simple web security camera in his home.  After a few frustrating hours of home network setup, the camera was streaming live feeds to his phone.  Always curious and a veteran of cybersecurity work for large companies,  he decided to monitor the network traffic flowing in his home.  What he discovered was shocking.   All of the devices in his home were sending data to various servers around the world.  There was no way to tell what communication was valid and what devices might have already been compromised by hackers.   He searched for a reasonably priced, consumer friendly solution, but came up empty. 

Thus, Guard Dog by A Cloud of My Own was born.  Our goals our straightforward.  

  • Keep you safe from hackers gaining access to the IOT devices in your home.  Once the have access to one or more of these devices, they can monitor audio, visual and activities in your home.   They become embedded inside of your home. 
  • Make the device incredibly simple to install.  
  • Make setup of the Guard Dog safe.  By eliminating the separate app to setup and maintain your security devices, your Guard Dog is dramatically safer.   Security setup through the Guard Dogs built in screen eliminates the risk of the App (or the App connection points) from being hacked or compromised.  The app connection points are like a door to the control room.  Even if it has a lock, it presents an incredibly high risk target to compromise your home.  
  • Allow it to be added to your existing network without disrupting it.   No need to throw out everything you have already.
  • Provide the protection that Enterprise Companies have, at a fraction of the cost.

We are focused on protecting you, your family and your home from hackers taking advantage of the poor security in the vast majority of IOT devices that are on the market today. 

Sample display of where your smart home devices have been 'chatting'.  How would you know if this are expected or an intruder collecting data in your home or apartment?
Sample display of where your smart home devices have been 'chatting'. How would you know if this are expected or an intruder collecting data in your home or apartment?

Simplify and Automate Installation

By simplifying installation (with a built-in touchscreen and no need to download and connect through a separate app), we have trained the Guard Dog to automatically create an optimal, secure, separate Wifi network in your home.    

Unlike other network security devices, your Guard Dog has a built-in Touch Screen Interface.  It will guide you through the safe and simple way to add Internet of Things(IOT) and Smart Devices to your home. 

Many of the most basic 'open external doors' in a home network setup occur due to misconfiguration.  Install and setup are unnecessarily difficult because the systems are too 'tech folk' oriented.    

Straight Forward Approach to IOT Security

Reading most marketing material on security devices is entertaining.  It sometimes feels like a magical potion, mix this and that ( Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are some common ones) , and magically all of your challenges are over. 

We do have AI and ML in our solution, but let focus on the basic approach that we use.   It is straightforward and you can see how what we are doing makes sense.  There are 4 major functions that we perform to keep you and your "things" safe.

  • Isolate
  • Identify
  • Profile
  • Protect

Isolate

First, we automatically create a secure wifi network in your home connected to your existing network.  Through our expertise in security, we automate the whole task.  The Guard Dog senses and analyzes your current network and then configure the optimal network for your smart things.  Once its complete,  All the information you need to begin connecting your devices to your secure network is right there on the screen.   

No need to download another app, try and connect to the device, configure and then reboot and try to reconnect to the device.  (By the way - having the setup controlled via an app creates a whole new set of security risks.  By having the devices core configuration managed on the Guard Dog itself, the setup is inherently more secure.

Identify

As Internet of Things / Smart Home devices are added to the A Cloud of My Own secure network, they are immediately under the protection of the Guard Dog.   As devices are added, the Guard Dog will prompt you to approve the addition to your home.   This prevents a common method where malicious programs and malware attempt to 'hop onto' your network.  This is known as 'Positive Acknowledge'.   Only when you are at home acknowledging the addition of the device, will it be allowed into your network. 

As it is added, A Cloud of My Own's large proprietary database of IOT device behavior is used by the Guard Dog to determine the devices expected behavior.  

Profile

The Guard Dog and A Cloud of My Own work together to monitor, learn and validate multiple dimensions of your IOT / Smart Home devices behavior.   These extremely powerful technologies combine to create continuously learning, incredibly strong, layers of always on cyber protection.

Protect

Now your Guard Dog is continuously prowling and protecting your Smart Home.  Any attempts to communicate with inappropriate or potentially dangerous systems around the world will be stopped.  Attempts to inject malware onto unprotected 'things' is blocked.  If a 'Thing' appears to be compromised, the Guard Dog will prevent only hackers 'channel' from being used, and you will be notified if you have requested.  

Are you ready to protect your Smart Home?  Order your Guard Dog today!


Project Timeline / Milestones: 


Development got underway in the Fall of 2017, with the First bench test units available in the Spring of 2018.  

Leveraging open source security projects - like Zeek - a security product which was started in 1995 - built and supported by such talented organizations as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, International Computer Science Institute and National Center for Supercomputing Applications, we have created a production ready, highly tested security product.

At this point, it became obvious to the team that we needed to make this solution very scalable, in order to provide the best solutions to our future customers.  We determined that we needed a scalable solution for developing, testing and deploying code to the devices distributed around the world.   

In September 2018, we completed our port from native code into GitHub, docker and Resin.io.     This provides a secure, controlled method to perform iterated product development in a safe, secure, repeatable method.

The link below commemorates our movements of the entire product into this new environment.  This was a huge leap towards making this product scale for our customers.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6451992114057265152


Early Functionality Demo During User Testing - Fall 2018 

So very rough looking looking back.  This was before the 'Auto-Configure' portions of the product had been completed.

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Summer 2018

Early Cad Drawing of Case Bottom

Early CAD Drawing for the Device Case
Early CAD Drawing for the Device Case

Summer2018

Early Working Prototype
Early Working Prototype

November 2018 

Elimination of the Cloud carve out in the Case 

Improved Case Design
Improved Case Design
Boston New Technology Meetup - December 2018
Boston New Technology Meetup - December 2018

Showing the Prototype at Mass Innovations Night (Burlington MA).  The teams excitement started to build with strong feedback from the public.

January 2019

Demo Night - Mass Innovations Night (Burlington MA) . A Basic Demo setup - A Cloud of My Own , Google Home Hub , Smart Home Switches and Bulbs
Demo Night - Mass Innovations Night (Burlington MA) . A Basic Demo setup - A Cloud of My Own , Google Home Hub , Smart Home Switches and Bulbs

January 2019

Grand Prize Winner - Best New Product Mass Innovation Nights - January 2019
Grand Prize Winner - Best New Product Mass Innovation Nights - January 2019

Current State (March 2019)

We continue to optimize the design and feature set. 

Since February 2019 we have been finalizing our testing, optimizing our case design and preparing for product launch.   Based on test feedback, we have added a 'notch' to the case.  This makes connecting the device (which was already simple, even earier).
Since February 2019 we have been finalizing our testing, optimizing our case design and preparing for product launch. Based on test feedback, we have added a 'notch' to the case. This makes connecting the device (which was already simple, even earier).

Update (May 2019)

We have created a low cost, no subscription variation of the Guard Dog product, called Guard Dog Lite.  

  • Guard Dog Lite will monitor your smart home / home wireless network and report any security or potential privacy issues it finds with your home or office. 
  • Provides active monitoring of your smart home / home automation devices, and reports abnormal behavior to you. 
  • Ongoing reports available for you to review a complete review of your smart home devices - security, privacy, and other critical details that you would never know.  
  • Highlights devices using non-secure protocols
  • Access to our community to see the latest smart device / internet connected gadget security risks
  • Simple to install - just plug in the power cord
  • Through a web browser (on your computer, tablet or phone), select your wifi network.
  • That’s it !
  • No subscription Fees
  • Only 1 thing to connect - a power cord
  • Dimensions - about the size of a credit card and an inch thick (20mm)
Sample Report - highlighting non-secure devices and a device that appears hacked
Sample Report - highlighting non-secure devices and a device that appears hacked

We look forward to sharing our project updates as we move through the Kickstarter Campaign. 

Risks and challenges

Guard Dog by A Cloud of My Own is highly developed. We are continuing to adjust the User Interface/User Experience on the Guard Dog to ensure that is remains easy and straight forward for non technical users. Our goal is to eliminate the 'magic' and 'mystery' in security devices for you, and through our built-in touchscreen give you only as much or as little information as you want.

Securely patching devices once they are in your home is a huge challenge in the security space for Smart Homes and Internet of Things devices. Through our experience is managing tens of thousands of medical applications running simultaneously on user owned devices throughout the world, we have build in the ability to securely update the Guard Dog in a very secure, efficient manner. This will allow us to continue to keep you safe as new threats emerge and to continue to improve your user experience with the Guard dog.

On the manufacturing side, our main risk is in managing the supply chain of parts to ensure that we can assemble and ship to match demand. To mitigate this risk, the Guard Dog is built using high quality, commercially available parts.

Because the threats continue to evolve, the team will be continuously researching, testing and enhancing our product. The team has worked together on many corporate security projects and ensuring regulatory security compliance compliance since before the original HIPAA regulations were made law in the US. From HIPAA, PCI and High Trust - we understand how to secure technology environments.

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