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This week the Fing team are in sunny Las Vegas, but there is no time for tanning. We’ve been hitting up CES, meeting our lovely Fing fans and making new tech-loving friends.

So far its been a very exhilarating week! The atmosphere here in Eureka Park has been buzzing – its great to be at the heart of innovation in the world of tech.

As well as being surrounded by all these promising developments, we have our very own exciting CES news!

Our news presents itself in the addition of a new person to the team, Duane Paulson! Read our press release on this new development, and what this means for Fing, below.

Las Vegas, USA – January 10, 2018  – Fing, the leading network-scanning provider with millions of consumer and professional users, announces a new addition to its executive staff. Home automation and security veteran Duane Paulson joins the company as VP of Strategic Partnerships, driving Fing’s effort to become the leading IoT platform for connectivity analytics.

A headshot of Duane Paulson, the new addition to the Fing team

Paulson brings more than 25 years of executive-level experience in the areas of intrusion alarms, home automation, smart home as a service (SHaaS), security monitoring and access controls for some of the best-known brands in their respective industries. Most recently, he was Sr. Vice President for Nortek Security & Control, owner of the market-leading 2Gig security and smart-home brand.

In his new role, Paulson will help partners incorporate Fing’s connectivity platform into security and home-automation systems, SHaaS platforms, network devices and back-end services.

Started in 2009 as a network-scanning app, Fing recently added Fingbox, a simple network security and troubleshooting appliance for home consumers which raised $1.7M on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform upon initial launch. Fingbox is an Innovation Awards Honoree in the cybersecurity category at CES 2018.

To date, Fing has been installed in over 30 Million connected devices. Fing accuracy in identifying IP connected devices has made it an essential tool for understanding, troubleshooting and securing any network. Thanks to its widespread usage, Fing currently discovers millions of new connected devices every single day around the world. By applying machine learning to user-shared anonymous data on connected devices, Fing’s device catalogue currently encompasses over 15 Billion products.

Fing’s analytics and identification capabilities are used by manufacturers, insurance companies, retailers, telcos and software developers in the connected home to deliver a better end-user experience and more tailored products and services to their end consumers. “With the explosion of connected devices, Fing today is being used in ways we could not even imagine a few years ago”, said Domenico Crapanzano, Fing’s CEO. “Fingbox Network appliance, for example, is breaking new grounds in providing extremely accurate User Presence Detection in the connected home and office. Fing network and security tools, on the other hand, are helping millions of consumers enjoy their technology to the fullest extent on a daily basis. The applications of the knowledge that Fing brings to the table are infinite”

Paulson believes Fing will become a vital tool in the inevitable convergence of physical security (protecting people and property) and digital security (protecting data and privacy) – a phenomenon that has “radically changed the security paradigm in corporations today,” according to Paulson. “Just as the new Chief Security Officer for the enterprise oversees both physical and data security, we will see a similar convergence in the home, where network intrusions are treated just like any other intrusion into the home. Fing is the perfect enabler when embedded in alarm systems and network devices, and monitored by consumers themselves or call centers similar to alarm central stations.”

Paulson, a recipient of the Consumer Technology Association’s TechHome Leadership Award, has been involved in several security and consumer-technology groups, including the CTA Executive Board and Board of Industry Leaders, CTA TechHome Division, Z-Wave Alliance, Security Industry Association, and Alarm Industry Communications Council. He is a frequent speaker at connected-home conferences.

Come meet Duane and the rest of the team this week at booth #50051, Eureka Park, of CES!

Ava Pierro
Ava Pierro
Content Marketing Manager at Fing