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Sternum Rolls Out World’s First Free Security and Observability Platform for OpenWrt IoT Devices

Sternum | July 27, 2022 | Read time : 03:48 min

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Sternum, the pioneer in autonomous IoT security and observability, unveils a no-time-limit free license for its platform. Using this license, users will be able to deploy Sternum for free on any OpenWrt device. This is in addition to the premium license Sternum provides for RTOS devices (e.g., Zephyr, FreeRTOS, VxWorks, Micrium, etc.) and all other embedded Linux distributions.

Through a fast-paced in-field deployment process lasting just a few minutes, owners of OpenWrt devices will be able to deploy Sternum for free on up to three pieces of hardware. This will provide them with a true first-hand experience of all of the security and observability features of the company’s patented EIV (Embedded Integrity Verification) and ADS (Analytics & Detection System) technologies.

“Integrating IoT security is perceived to be complicated to deploy and detrimental to the performance of the very devices it aims to protect, We decided to open our platform to OpenWrt community to show that it doesn’t have to be this way. By providing robust no-strings-attached security for home users and small businesses, our goal is to drive a paradigm shift and pave a way for a more standardized, secure, and competent IoT ecosystem.”

Natali Tshuva, CEO and Co-Founder of Sternum

The free Sternum platform license allows the product to speak for itself, putting the company on track for trust-led growth and showcasing its commitment to OpenWrt security.

OpenWrt is a popular open-source Linux distribution that powers millions of routers, including those deployed at critical infrastructure hubs. Although versatile, powerful, and effective, it is still vulnerable to exploits ranging from remote code execution to buffer overflow, which give hackers the means to take control of a device. A successful IoT hack exploiting these vectors can take a major toll on a business, resulting — amongst other things — in downtime and data loss.

As the IoT space lags behind in terms of security practices, it overwhelmingly relies on costly patching to combat known vulnerabilities. This reactive strategy is notoriously costly, slow, and difficult to implement, owing to the often isolated and/or embedded nature of IoT devices and the increased velocity with which new vulnerabilities are disclosed. Moreover, even when fully mastered, it offers no protection from zero-day vulnerabilities.

When trying to minimize the reliance on patching through the use of other integrated security solutions, organizations oftentimes face a cumbersome deployment process and unacceptable overhead for the target device, resulting in poorer performance. This turns even a trial of a security product into a major investment of time and resources.

With its free license, low-weight solution, and agile deployment model, Sternum offers companies a way around these issues, empowering the OpenWrt community to easily experience a new standard for security and observability.

About Sternum
Sternum is the only code-free, device-resident IoT security, observation, and analytics company. The company’s patented solutions can be embedded into any IoT device, no matter the underlying code, manufacturer, or year of production, and is always running whether the device is connected or not.

This self-sustaining, unified platform brings intelligence to otherwise non-communicative edge devices, enabling them to autonomously monitor and protect themselves, even when not remotely connected.

Sternum was founded in 2018 by a team of highly experienced research, development, and business leaders, many coming from the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) elite 8200 unit.

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