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FEB 2019

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Comcast launches digital security service By SSN Staff P H I L A D E L P H I A — C o m c a s t announced at CES the national launch of Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, a new artificial-intel- ligence-powered service that monitors, blocks and informs customers of online threats to connected devices, and provides seamless digital protection for those devices when connected to their home network. "As the digital world gets more complex, we wanted to make it simple and easy for our customers to protect their home networks," Fraser Stir- ling, senior vice president of Digital Home, Devices and AI, Comcast Cable, said in the announcement. "That's why we developed xFi Advanced Secu- rity. We want to give customers digital peace of mind for the devices they already own and the confidence to expand and evolve their connected homes knowing that every new cam- era, voice-assisted speaker or smart thermostat they add will be protected." By 2022, Cisco estimates that there will be more than 13 con- nected devices per person in North America, and many con- sumers don't have access to the expertise or the tools to keep those devices secure, especially when many of these technolo- gies don't have keyboards or screens. In addition, Syman- tec reported that the number of attacks against Internet-of- things devices is growing expo- nentially, increasing 600 percent between 2016 and 2017, alone, creating new concerns for con- nected home users. xFi Advanced Security was developed to protect devices in this new hyper-connected real- ity, said Comcast. "It uses AI and machine learning technology to monitor and analyze WiFi traf- fic in the home, and will auto- matically block identified sus- picious activity in real time," the company noted. "Using a simple, intuitive user interface, the technology informs custom- ers of blocked threats, and when necessary, provides instructions on how to further secure affect- ed devices." The xFi Advanced Security service protects all devices in a customer's home connected to the Xfinity Advanced Gateway with no set-up required, other than turning the device on. Cus- tomers can review a list of digi- tal security-related actions that were taken each day right from the xFi dashboard—accessible from the mobile app or online. xFi Advanced Security is the lat- est addition to Comcast's Xfinity xFi platform, which gives cus- tomers a simple, digital dash- board to set up and manage their home WiFi networks and allows users to see what devices are connected to the network, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, get notifications about activities on the home network, and even pause WiFi access to certain devices during dinner or bedtime. xFi users can also ensure whole-home WiFi cover- age by adding xFi Pods, small, easy to install devices that plug into any electrical outlet and extend connectivity to hard to reach areas of their home. SSN "As the digital world gets more complex ... we want to give customers digital peace of mind for the devices they already own and the confidence to expand and evolve their connected homes ... " — f raser Stirling, Comcast Cable S e C ur IT y S y ST e MS N e WS february 2019 r e SI de NTI al Sy ST e MS 17

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