About this project
iGuardian is the world’s first Internet protection system designed specifically for home use.
WHAT THE PRESS SAYS ABOUT iGUARDIAN
Stretch Goals: $166k Stretch Goal Reached!
Almost every day you can read headlines about cyber-attacks or online threats. Cybercriminals are constantly improving their attack methods to become more sophisticated and difficult to detect. Everyone knows to be careful when clicking on links in emails or opening files. Unfortunately, that is no longer enough. Today, even visiting seemingly safe websites can infect your computer.
At the same time, consumers today more than ever need an affordable and comprehensive Internet security system designed to stop the advanced threats attacking their networks and the growing number of connected devices they have in their homes,
To protect their home network and connected devices, consumers today have two choices: use antivirus or rely on their router. Antivirus only catches threats once they already are on a device. It is also often ineffective against modern malware. Wireless routers rely on outdated protection and are built to be cheap – not secure. In addition, smart home devices connected to the network, like TV/Cable boxes, network storage, VoIP adapters, video game systems, streaming media consoles, thermostats, smoke detectors, security cameras, lights, refrigerators etc. open up even more opportunities for cybercriminals to breach your home network.
Why are we doing this?
At Itus Networks, we believe all families deserve peace of mind that the devices connected to their home network are secure and protected 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We bring families best-in-class threat prevention for their home Internet connection at affordable prices. Our network security systems are specially designed to block cyber attacks while filtering out malware and other undesirable content. Installation requires 5-Minutes and zero configuration or technical knowledge. The iGuardian is designed for home Internet users who want peace of mind when using the Internet, but don’t want to deal with complex configuration, technical details or costly business-solutions.
This is why we created the iGuardian!
It protects all your computers and connected devices from cyber attacks.
We started Itus Networks in April 2014 to provide effective security for the home and to close the gap between ineffective consumer grade devices and expensive business class protection. iGuardian is the first line of defense for anything trying to get in or out of your home network. iGuardian updates itself regularly, to ensure comprehensive protection without any user intervention.
The iGuardian is a small device that doesn't need much space - it's all in one very smart little box!
Prototype iGuardian Hardware Specs
- 2x 600MHz ARM11 (Cavium Econa CNS3420)
- 512MB RAM
- 32MB Flash
- 2x GbE Interfaces
- 1x RJ45 Console Cable
- 8GB MicroSD Card
Target Specifications for Kickstarter Edition iGuardian:
- 2x 1.0 GHz MIPS64 (Cavium Octeon III 7020)
- 1Gb DDR3 RAM
- 3x GbE Interfaces
- 1x RJ45 Serial Console
- 64MB Flash
- SD Card Slot
iGuardian is designed to provide business-grade security for home Internet users.
Our typical customer is everyone with a high-speed Internet connection. We give you peace of mind that your Internet connection is safe and secure.
iGuardian provides true business-class protection, but costs a fraction of the price and requires no technical knowledge to operate. Itus customers also receive lifetime access to free community security updates, so no costly monthly subscription is required to stay protected.
iGuardian offers comprehensive security because it sits at the "source" and is plugged in right where the Internet enters your home.
We designed the iGuardian this way, so it protects all devices that connect to your home network including smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets TVs, cable boxes, security camera systems, smoke detectors, thermostats, refrigerators etc.
What is the iGuardian?
The iGuardian is an embedded Linux system based on OpenWRT and runs Snort as an in-line intrusion prevention system. It has been designed and optimized for easy installation and provides advanced threat prevention against a wide variety of attacks. The iGuardian protects your connected devices from Internet threats with a reliable, simple and affordable solution.
The iGuardian protects you against a wide range of threats, including viruses, phishing scams, malicious websites, java, browser, and file exploits, drive-by-downloads, watering-hole attacks, botnets, data-theft, remote access Trojans and key-loggers.
How does iGuardian work?
The iGuardian inspects all traffic coming in and going out of your home network looking for patterns of known attacks. As traffic enters the network it is first intercepted and processed by the iGuardian before being forwarded to its final destination. The iGuardian utilizes Snort as an in-line intrusion prevention system to intercept, decode, normalized, then process packets flowing through the network. The packet data (or payload) is compared against a list of known attack patterns (or rules), if a match is found, the offending packets are dropped and the connection is reset thus preventing the attack from ever reaching it's intended target. By default, the iGuardian utilizes rules in 'Reject' mode.
Itus Networks is a startup in San Jose, California, founded by veterans of the enterprise network security industry. We believe in something very simple: everyone should know that their home network and everything connected to it are always protected and safe.
We founded Itus Networks to offer highly effective Internet protection for everyone that is:
- Easy to use
Who is making this happen?
Daniel Ayoub - Co-Founder of Itus Networks.
Creative Visionary and Inventor of the iGuardian. Daniel is a lifelong hobbyist and hacker turned entrepreneur. When not working on keeping the Internet safer for everyone's home, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two young boys and dog in sunny San Jose.
Jock Breitwieser - Co-Founder of Itus Networks.
Marketing and communications professional, with 20 years experience in the high-tech industry. Born in Germany, but Californian at heart. In his (rare) free time he loves to hang out with his family and friends and do the occasional triathlon.
A special thanks goes to our strategic partner Rhino Labs, who we work with every step along the way, from development to production to fulfillment.
Use of Funds
With the funds from our Kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to start production of iGuardian. To reduce the average production cost per unit and be able to offer iGuardian at a consumer price, we need to produce a minimum of 800 pieces.
Risks and challenges
While any new endeavor involves risk, we’ve made every effort to mitigate these risks for our backers and fans. We have already completed a working prototype, have secured our supply chain in preparation for mass production, and have begun design work on the final PCB. Despite our expertise and careful planning, there are risks to this project.
The security effectiveness of the iGuardian can depend on a number of factors. The Kickstarter edition of the iGuardian does not require any costly subscriptions from us or anyone else. In an effort to maximize protection and value to the widest audience we intend to provide free security updates from open-source and community Snort rulesets.
We are doing everything we can to ensure the highest possible security effectiveness we can. However, no security system is ever 100% effective.
The system as a whole is being beta-tested through the end of 2014. As there may be some minor changes, our experienced team is ready to make any needed adjustments. With any new product, there can be unforeseen challenges that cause delays. Our team feels very confident with the timeline and will do everything possible to deliver to our backers on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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