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IoT Home Inspector Challenge

About the Challenge
Help consumers identify and apply the latest IoT security updates

Posted By: Federal Trade Commission
Category: Ideas
Skill: Ideas Interest: Consumer Submission Dates: 12 p.m. ET, Mar 01, 2017 - 12 p.m. ET, May 22, 2017 Winners Announced: Jul 26, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a prize competition that challenged the public to create a technical solution (“tool”) that consumers can use to guard against security vulnerabilities in software found on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in their homes.

The FTC asked for a tool that would, at a minimum, help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software. Contestants had the option of adding features, such as those that would address hard-coded, factory default or easy-to-guess passwords.

The prize purse for the competition was up to $25,000 for a winner, with $3,000 available for each honorable mention winner(s). Winners have been announced.

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First Prize $25,000.00 The agency is offering up to $25,000 for the best technical solution. Won by: Steve Castle
Solution: IoT Watchdog
Honorable Mention $3,000.00 FTC awarded one Honorable Mention prize of $3,000. Won by: BJ Black and Michael Birmingham
Solution: Persistent Internal Network Containment (PINC)

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