US government launches the IoT Home Inspector Challenge

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a competition inviting the public to create a technical solution that consumers can use to guard against security vulnerabilities in software found on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in their homes. Participants in the ‘IoT Home Inspector Challenge’ are asked to develop a tool that would, at minimum, help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software.