Viakoo gets patent to remotely update IP devices

Viakoo, a leading provider of solutions for managing and securing distributed IoT devices, has been awarded a patent for their innovative method of remotely updating the firmware and/or software of a multitude of IP connected devices. This innovative Viakoo solution specifically addresses a critical growing cyber-physical security challenge for organizations that have installed large numbers of both managed and unmanaged IoT devices across their enterprise infrastructure. When using outdated firmware and software, such IoT devices increase the risk of cyber vulnerabilities and other system operation challenges.

Viakoo gets patent to remotely update IP devices

Modern IP networks have enabled valuable improvements in the capabilities, management and operational controls across almost every industry, and every size of organization. Viakoo offers solutions that allow every organization to maintain complex enterprise installations that employ myriad managed and unmanaged IoT devices while dramatically mitigating risks.

Many organizations have installed a broad range of IP devices over time, including security cameras, access controllers, sensors, smart doors, and scores of unmanaged IoT devices. As a result, these organizations employ numerous devices from different manufacturers, many of which are undetected on the network. Keeping track of exactly what devices are installed and where they reside on the network presents a considerable challenge. 

Even more challenging is to know the status of the firmware and software used by each of these devices. Until now, it has been quite common for technicians to physically check each device to confirm their status or to make updates. Because of its onerous nature, many firms delegate this task to contractors, or even neglect to do it at all. Those that do maintain their IoT devices often resort to default or shared duplicate passwords to simplify the update effort. Unfortunately, all these shortcuts tend to decrease network security and hamper network functionality and efficiency.

Viakoo effectively solves this longstanding challenge by providing systems and methods to keep track of every IP networked device and its current software status, and implement updates so that every device from every manufacturer is using the most current approved software available. Using Viakoo’s new patented remote update solution, it is now possible to implement an improved and more scalable solution that maintains software updates for large numbers of IoT devices across multiple distributed networks, thereby improving both operational outcomes and organizational security. Most important, the new Viakoo solution does not rely on any shortcuts – maintaining maximum security in protocols, passwords, and verifications.