Kaspersky patents new technology for analyzing relationships between electronic devices to counter cyberattacks - September 16, 2022

Kaspersky patents new technology for analyzing relationships between electronic devices to counter cyberattacks

Friday, September 16, 2022

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Company: Kaspersky

Kaspersky has announced a newly patented technology designed to improve IoT security. The technology logically links various electronic devices into a single network around the account of the owner and identifies similarities between device configurations. The approach will help to prevent any user devices from becoming a vector of attack on another device or user data and will inform them if their configuration is insecure.

According to Deloitte, the number of electronic devices with a network interface belonging to the same household or user has doubled in three past years. Similar growth, however, can be also observed in attacks targeting IoT devices. This gives rise to the need for technologies that will ensure the security of various and mutual internet-connected devices and their owners.

A single smart home usually consists of a number of devices, including home appliances and wearables with different security integration capabilities, code vulnerabilities and patch timing. So today, to keep a home safe from cyberattacks, an owner of all these devices must dedicate special attention to ensuring regular device patching, or configuring a secure device network that isolates insecure gadgets from others.

The patent “System and method for analyzing relationships between clusters of electronic devices to counter cyberattacks” issued by The US Patent and Trademark Office provides a new method of facilitating cybersecurity management of IoT devices. It allows users to detect every gadget belonging to the same network environment and to correlate them with similar networks for further identifying actual or potential cybersecurity gaps. Thus, if any device in the user’s network is insecure and has already been an attack vector or a similarly configured network has been compromised, the technology will detect it and warn the user or security solution about the possible danger. 

While conventional linking technologies rely on data that can be removed (such as cookies) or on heuristics with inadequate accuracy, the Kaspersky invention offers reliable and long-lasting linkage of devices, relating them to a profile and operatively responding to a change in the user profile.

The patented technology also ensures attribution of an unknown device to a cluster of devices. This method implies defining of relationships between the gadget and its surroundings and further applies the discovered patterns for attributing other devices into the same cluster. A relationship between the devices is determined using the computed similarity metric. This technology is intended to help cybersecurity solutions analyze connected devices to further understand if specific devices or the certain configuration of them pose any risks, and also offers the kind of protection needed and provides it.

“The technologies of linking devices is mostly used in marketing for learning consumer behavior,” said Dmitry Ivanov, inventor of the technology and intellectual property specialist at Kaspersky. “But as a cybersecurity company, we saw that this functionality has a large potential in addressing the current challenges of connected devices protection. Although the patented technology is not yet implemented into Kaspersky solutions, we are exploring possible ways for its application to make sure that it will advance IoT security to the next level."  

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About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 240,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at usa.kaspersky.com.

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