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Dark Cubed | August 30, 2018

Dark Cubed Releases The State of Internet of Things (IoT) Security Report

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (August 30, 2018) – Today Dark Cubed, a cyber security company providing innovative cyber security solutions for small and midsized companies, announced the release of their new report titled “The State of IoT Security.”

This report outlines the potentially risky behavior observed during the testing of several commercially available off-the-shelf consumer devices intended for in-home use such as smart outlets, light bulbs, and video cameras.  Rather than replicate the more common security tests that demonstrate how Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be hacked, the Dark Cubed team took a different approach.  They examined the content of communications to and from these devices and where that information was being sent during the course of normal operations to understand if consumers are being placed at risk.

What they found:

  • Test results demonstrate Many IoT device manufacturers have failed to implement basic security protections in the design, development, and production of their products.
  • Several of the Android applications associated with these devices had significant security flaws and blatantly exposed the personal information of the users.
  • Assessment results reveal that retailers have either not performed any independent security reviews on the devices they are selling to consumers or have performed security reviews, but do not care about selling insecure devices.

“In the course of our daily operations monitoring threats to our clients’ networks, we are seeing an increasing number of attacks by armies of IoT devices,” said Vince Crisler, Dark Cubed’s CEO.   “It was our responsibility to investigate to assess the extent of this threat not only to our customers but to the market at large, and to make recommendations on how all of the players in the smart device ecosystem can maximize security and ensure that our privacies are protected.” 

According to Bryan Richardson, Dark Cubed’s CTO, “We expected to find weaknesses in these devices, but we did not expect to discover that several of these manufacturers had likely never considered security and had never subjected their devices to a security review.  That was shocking.”

The State of IoT Security report is available at

Redmond Magazine | March 29, 2017

Nonprofit Under Attack: A Cyber Defense Case Study

Vince Crisler, CEO and co-founder of Dark Cubed, is interviewed for working closely with Planned Parenthood, which is testing the Dark Cubed Cyber Security Platform, an appliance that prioritizes and provides real-time visibility to threats. Read more

Federal News Radio | January 6, 2017

Podcast Interview with Vince Crisler: What DHS, FBI know about Russian hackers

While you were loafing and watching football over the holidays, this guest was creating an in-depth visualization of data provided by the Homeland Security Department and the FBI in their Joint Analysis Report. The so-called JAR outlined the Russian hacking project called Grizzly Steppe. But there's more going on than outlined in the 13-page report. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with his revelations, Vince Crisler, CEO of cybersecurity startup Dark Cubed. Listen Now

Wired Magazine | July 21, 2016

How the Republican Conventions Fends off Hackers

There are thousands of devices owned by the RNC staff alone, not to mention the sprawling network of journalists and contractors who rely on the RNC’s Internet network as well. So how does the team keep those tools secure? Read more

Fortune | July 21, 2016

Inside the Republican National Convention’s Anti-Hacker Squad

Locking down such a large-scale, high-profile, albeit ephemeral event where thousands of attendees brings their own devices presents a unique set of challenges for her small team of half a dozen people, including some who work remotely. Learn how Dark Cubed helped track cyber threats at the 2016 RNC. Read more

CNET | July 20, 2016

Inside the RNC’s Secret Cybersecurity Battle

Dark Cubed's assessments are calculated by the company's information-sharing technology, which lets networks swap threat information with each other. The community approach allows members to see how the threats on their networks compare to the threats on others. Read more

New York Times | July 19, 2016

Security is a big concern at the National Convention (Video)

Security is a big concern at the National Convention, but not even threat is immediately visible. Watch NYT video interview and learn how Dark Cubed help track cybersecurity threats. Watch now

DC Inno | April 4, 2016

Former White House Security Team Unveils New Startup

A recent study conducted by Tanium and Nasdaq, entitled The Accountability Gap: Cybersecurity & Building a Culture of Responsibility, found that 91 percent of "high[ly] vulnerable" board members can’t interpret a cybersecurity report. Crisler will hope that Dark Cubed's platform will cut back on that figure, as he describe it to be perfect for rookie security analysts and first year hires. Read more | March 15, 2016

Cloud Infrastructure Security for AWS (RSA2016)

Vince Crisler, CEO of cybersecurity startup Dark Cubed, explores in this video how organizations rethink security now that boundaries are being redefined and traditional networks are going away. Watch Now