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Edge security specialist Exein announced that they have developed what CEO Gianni Cuozzo describes as “the fastest security countermeasure ever built.”  This is an open-source mathematical model that can detect threats autonomously at speeds significantly faster than any existing solution, he says.

Platform agnostic, the Exein Core is a developer tool operating as an embedded component from within hardware. Once grafted into firmware, Exein Core uses convolutional neural networking to learn the legitimate behaviours of a device. Armed with that knowledge, it can then detect anomalies and external threats at unprecedented speeds without the need for cloud computing support.

The potential for this world-changing product is enormous. Exein  cites McKinsey research, which forecast that, “the worldwide number of IoT-connected devices is projected to increase to 43 billion by 2023”. Others predicted higher numbers: 100 per person, or one trillion by 2025, Exein said.

“Firmware is the Achilles Heel – a security soft spot that is typically awarded just 1% of protection budgets and continues to offer easy ingress for criminals,” Cuozzo said.

“It’s not just about thwarting ransom threats,” he noted. “The exploitation of firmware can affect our safety too. Aviation, automobiles and home safety systems can all be targeted. Exein Core, applied to the firmware of any and all IoT equipment at the manufacturing stage or retrofitted to existing devices, can stop such attacks. This is a world-changing product that represents an entirely new way of approaching IT security.”

Crucial to the integrity of Exein Core’s host-based defence mechanism is its open-source nature – a feature Cuotto champions with passion. “I believe that the mathematical theory driving this innovation has the potential to make life safer,” he said.

Exein launched Exein Core globally last week on the 3 November.

Africa as a potential market for IoT

Cuozzo noted that Africa can gain a lot from the new IoT approach. “I think Africa will be one of our largest markets in the future,” he said. “We see the market as a great opportunity for us. Building a new infrastructure today has many perks, it means you can design it securely.”

He added that in Western markets, there is a lot of already established ways of doing things, which sometimes halts innovation. When you start from scratch, you can re-think and understand how to build in new ways, he said.

Cuzzo noted that while there are countries within Africa where embedded security is not the number one priority at the moment, but Exein would still love to expand their outreach within the markets as time goes on.

“I like the approach of being active, like I said before, starting from scratch is a great approach. Doing business with African businesses may have its difficulties to start with due to environmental or market preventions, but nothing is easy. Yet, when nothing is easy, sometimes everything becomes available,” Cuzzo said.

He emphasised that when you are starting from scratch, you can remerge how the mindset should be. In the western world, you already have generational conflict. We as a new age developer find conflict with older developers, and maybe our generation will find conflict with future developers. “However, when you are starting from zero, everyone is open minded to new technology and advances that will ultimately make people’s lives easier and safer. I very much like this approach,” he said.

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