Home Automation and Smart Home Security

The Smart-Home Security Report 2016: The Growing Market for Smart Door Locks



Smart home technology is a growth market for security installers

The global sensor and device market for home security and automation is expected to grow from $1.4bn in 2015 to $4bn in 2019. Source: ABI Research

92% of installers see home automation as a growth area for business. Source: IFSEC Global research

In a recent survey we asked installers which home automation technologies are installers interested in or actively selling and installing:

  • 81% are going to be installing IP CCTV
  • 74$ are actively selling and installing alarms
  • 72% are interested in installing smart locks
  • 54% are actively selling and installing blinds
  • 48% are selling and installing HVAC
  • 47% are selling and installing AV

Insecure web interfaces are achilles heel of IoT security defences: cybersecurity CEO

Many vulnerabilities among IoT devices originate from insecure web or web-based interfaces, according to Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of High-Tech Bridge. Read More

Smart-home service providers still have an edge over the DIY approach – but only if they get their payment model right

DIY products are still challenging to set up, argues Lauren Pezzullo of Modernize. Service providers must offer value for money and resist 'locking customers in' if they are to take advantage. Read More

5 less obvious ways you can benefit from security cameras in the home and office

From providing evidence for insurance claims to identifying visitors to capturing the elegant beauty of nature, Roy Rasmussen outlines five potential applications for the home security camera. Read More

Hacked ‘smart teddy’ database of two million personal voice messages lacked even basic password protection – security experts respond

Three cybersecurity experts reflect on the implications of the teddy bear hack and offer their prescriptions for reducing cyber risks in similar scenarios. Read More

Radiation-blocking underwear and 18 other bizarre smart ‘things’ that could let hackers into your smart home (and one device to protect you)

Here are 19 of the most bizarre or – according to IoT sceptics – pointless devices that are creating new vectors of attack for cybercriminals. Also find in our interactive infographic one device designed to protect the smart home from attack. Read More

CES 2017: The top 5 trends in security tech

IoT developers will literally put a computer chip in anything but the camera still reigns supreme for media coverage when it comes to security products. Read More

CES 2017: What homeowners wish security installers knew about home automation

Advice for installers of home automation equipment, courtesy of Bryn Huntpalmer, editor-in-chief of Modernize, which provides guidance one home improvement projects. Read More

CES 2017 blog: security and fire-safety innovations for the smart home

We continue to flag the latest security and fire safety products, as well as the cyber vulnerabilities of myriad other devices, on day three of the world's biggest consumer electronics show. Read More

The 5 most innovative security products launched at CES 2017

Featuring Kuri the robot nanny and a curiously shaped IoT security device from Norton, here are five of the most interesting security innovations unveiled at this year's edition of CES. Read More

CES 2017: Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas that causes more deaths than house fires and C02 poisoning combined

Airthings Wave, which is being showcased for the first time at CES 2017, alerts householders to the presence of a gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Read More