TTWCP-858-04 Keeping Your Home Secure, Robert Beatty of Cujo: Robert Beatty, VP Technology of Cujo

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Einaras Gravrock is the Founder and CEO of Cujo. He was the former founder of Modnique, Iconery. He has twelve years of consumer tech experience. CUJO acts as a gateway between your devices and for your connection to the Internet. Cujo inspect packets of data coming and leaving your network and block threats before they can reach the target or do damage and analyzes behavior and secure all devices connected to your network. Unlike traditional solutions, CUJO adapts and reacts when your home is attacked and does not rely just on libraries of known malware issues. We analyze a humongous amount of behavioral data in our cloud and push learnings from one home to all CUJO protected homes.

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TTWCP-858-Robert Beatty

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Robert Beatty – Cujo

Airing Date: March 26, 2016


Craig Peterson: Security is becoming more and more important in our daily lives. And in our homes, security is something that’s frankly often overlooked. Now, we’re not just talking about people showing up at your home with crowbars trying to get in the doors or the windows. 1 in 2 Americans, according to some statistics, were actually violated last year when it comes to security. So we’re gonna talk right now with Cujo. You’ll find them online at, about what they’re doing with some real intelligence in their units to help keep our homes a bit of a safer place. Robert Beatty joins us. Robert, welcome.

Robert Beatty: Thank you. Thank you for having me Craig. 

Craig: So, let’s talk a little bit about this. We have internet in our homes. We have our refrigerators, our washer, dryer, our furnace, our air conditioning, garage door opener.

Robert: Front door locks…

Craig: All hooked up.

Robert: That’s right.

Craig: And there’s a lot of, what, theft going on? Why would anyone want to break into my house electronically?

Robert: So, supposed the reasons vary. But from a generic perspective, people don’t wanna attack you directly. Chances are they are just looking for vulnerable machines because that’s what these are. Whether they’re laptops or servers or IT devices. They’re just machines that can kinda be used to stage further attacks. So if you’re vulnerable and open, they use that. Now, if there’s a campaign against a person personally then you know they’re gonna do whatever they can to compromise your systems to then stage the next level of attack into your home or person. But that said, a lot of the cases with malicious activity in the home is that they’re starting to transition more and more to the IT device spaces. So we know, unlike a laptop or a computer where you’re using it, you can kinda tell if there’s something going on, you can…

Craig: Yeah, it’s slow… something’s not right.

Robert: Right. You can either investigate yourself or you know, at least troubleshoot with, I say, a professional. But when your thermostat is acting funny, you’ll never know. You’ll never know if your door lock was opened 2 or 3 times during the night. Unless you get some kind of notification.

Craig: Alright, so what Cujo… and is that how you pronounce this, Cujo?

Robert: Cujo, yeah.

Craig: What Cujo is doing then, you have a device that sits somewhere in the network?

Robert: That’s correct.

Craig: At the edge… or how does it all work?

Robert: So with one internet cable plugged directly into your router and that is it. There’s nothing to configure. There’s nothing to set-up.

Craig: Ok.

Robert: It sits into your…

Craig: Right at the edge. So I got my router from whomever. And then it plugs right into my Cujo appliance. And then my house plugs into that. And then what’s Cujo doing?

Robert: So Cujo is essentially a simple yet sophisticated firewall in a sense that once you plug it in, it intercepts traffic from your devices talking to the internet. And from there, as internet connection is going on, a sample traffic from your network and we send it to the cloud for analysis. Essentially that’s what we do. We’re making sure you’re not talking to virus control command centers. Making sure you’re not talking to phishing sites. We’re making sure that if you’re talking with SSL and TLS, that nobody’s trying to do man in the middle attacks, to make sure that your SSL sessions are indeed strong. You know, things like graft based anomalies, DOS anomaly detections, and so. If any of your devices are labeled malicious because they’re talking to one of those filters, we immediately send a signal back to the device where it gives you a specific rule between that particular device in question all the way to that server, such that your home still functions from its connectivity perspective. But the device in question, the connection stops.

Craig: Alright. Makes it really easy.

Robert: Absolutely.

Craig: People wanna find more, What’s the availability look like?

Robert: We’re shipping in March 4, about 10,000 units. Made actually in the U.S.A. Chicago. And retailing for $99.00. 3 months of that purchase is free subscription.

Craig: Right.

Robert: 4th month and so on, it’s $8.99.

Craig: Alright. And that covers, of course, all of these updates…

Robert: Correct.

Craig: For all of the new security threats…

Robert: And all the emerging threats coming.

Craig: And you’re watching all of the traffic. So are you watching people? I’m watching Netflix, for instance, so are you making sure there are no security vulnerabilities on everything going through there?

Robert: Yes. For those kinds of contacts, when you’re talking to Netflix, we make sure you’re talking to Netflix. For smart refrigerators, we make sure that if you say you’re talking to your manufacturer, that you know you are indeed and you’re not talking all of a sudden to some rogue sites somewhere in between.

Craig: Right. Very good. That’s Robert, thanks for being with us.

Robert: Thank you so much Craig.