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CableLabs unveils Micronets, which use AI to manage network devices

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CableLabshas unveiled Micronets , which use enterprise technology and artificial intelligence to deliver better device and network management for homes.

By tapping enterprise-style network segmentation and AI for on-premise networks, Micronets can supplybetter security and management for consumers, who are often befuddled by network management tasks.

“ CableLabs Micronets delivers a streamlined user experience with seamless onboarding andauthentication of all devices, while providing enterprise-style network security and control for all connections to the network,” said Michael Glenn, vice president of security technologies atCableLabs, in a statement. “Users have full control over which devices are added, and CableLabs Micronetsautomatically monitors and segments devices into separate, policy-driven trust domains toprotect the devices, data, and the user.”

Though the growing proliferation of internet-connected devices has great potential for increased efficiency and productivity, it also presents new challenges around security, scalability, management, and ease of use.

In fact, the internet of things can create security and privacy risks for consumers andthe internet alike. The CableLabs Micronets framework addresses these challenges bysimplifying and securing increasingly complex home and small business networks.

With CableLabs Micronets, home networks receive a range of network protectionbenefits. Micronets can restrict and quarantine compromised devices, minimizing the risk to otherdevices on the network. Micronets can also enhance network protection for high-value devicesand services such as medical devices used for remote patient monitoring.

CableLabs Micronetsleverages AI and machine learning to simplify the user experience and ensurecontinuous fine-tuning of the security controls. These capabilities allow a rapid response to threatsand attacks and help ensurecompromised IoT devices cannot easily impinge other devices.

The CableLabs Micronets whitepaper , published today, outlines the vision and architectureof these Micronets. CableLabs will be releasing the Micronets referencecode, currently under development, to contribute to the open source community.

CableLabs isalso working with its members and vendor community to develop and publish specifications forstandardized APIs for advanced security services based on machine learning and devicefingerprinting.


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