In this day and age of such a technology prevalence in society, cybersecurity is a hot-button issue across many industries and organizations. As surveillance continues to grow at such a crucial level, millions of cameras are deployed and installed on a regular basis to help keep people, properties, and organizations secure. After all, IP networks allow for greater intelligence for surveillance than legacy analog networks.
But, like any single component that touches upon an IP network, cyberattacks are a principal concern for video surveillance systems.
Video Surveillance and Staying Cyber-Secure
For organizations to identify security threats and vulnerabilities, mitigate risk, ensure operational compliance and combat fraud, a comprehensive and innovative video surveillance security approach is necessary. With today’s evolving risk landscape and the increasing complexity and severity of cyber threats, we must take advantage of emerging video surveillance technologies, strong internal operator and process policies, and advanced analytics must be used to protect customers, staff, and valuable assets.
Technology plays a key role in this effort, but because the sole purpose of these solutions is to make companies safer, one can often be blind to the level of security of the technology or device itself. In today’s world, there are no exceptions to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, leaving video surveillance systems and associated technologies open to a variety of risks.
When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity may not immediately come to mind, as hacking and malware are often thought of as being based on the web. But cybersecurity and video surveillance are quickly becoming intertwined as intruders are starting to use more sophisticated and unique methods to gain access to networks, data, and assets.
Focus on the Infrastructure
These days, it’s more than critical for security leaders to focus on securing every aspect of their network infrastructure, which includes confirming software updates and firmware on video surveillance camera are routinely up-to-date. In addition, as more and more physical security devices become connected through the Internet of Things (IoT), encryption and vulnerability testing are essential to ensuring secure data transfer.
For example, at Information Transport Solutions (ITS) Networks, a Uniti company, our highly-trained team will analyze your company or establishment’s individual requirements and applications to determine the absolute best solution for your unique environment. We will then work with you to implement top of the line infrastructure solutions, briefing you on everything you need to get up and running more efficiently than ever before. After all, a threat could enter from anywhere in an organization’s ecosystem and regardless of the nature of the attack; it’s the cyber criminal’s goal is to exploit vulnerabilities quickly and profit from them. We work to mitigate breach issues before they ever take place.
With so much information to be protected, we know that security leaders need to be able to evaluate how to secure not only their video data but also the entire video surveillance system. In the past, this meant making sure best practices were enforced so that an individual could not physically tamper with a camera. Now, the focus also incorporates IT processes, such as ensuring that no one can access the camera and its data via the network.
Cybersecurity and Video Surveillance: What to Look Out For
At ITS, our IT professionals serve as top-notch electronic security specialists. This means they are steeped in security best practices, including in the areas of IP security and considerations around surveillance. When it comes to video surveillance and the cybersecurity of such technologies, here are some of the important questions and matters we make sure to address:
Camera Malfunction or Intrusion Attempt?
That is a question to ask when maintaining security cameras. For example, a camera that has gone offline may be ignored by security administrators at least until a service ticket is issued and a technician dispatched. Depending on a service contract, the camera (and its port) can be offline for hours or days. Though it may just be a camera malfunction, this instance opens the flood gates for potential hackers.
Cyberhacking Usually Originates from Within
As has been reported regularly, many high-profile cyberattacks originate from within, so there always needs to be attention across all assets and surveillance points.
Less reliance on IT Pros Can Pose A Threat
In larger franchise and multi-site locations there is a need to ensure the technology is available for remote health monitoring and cybersecurity protections to lock down vulnerable ports.
More Network Devices = More Risk Potential
It is simply a matter of complexity. It is not scalable or sustainable to apply human manpower and watch every port and requires more automation and tools for the job. That’s why, at ITS, we offer many streamlined services that are managed from a single platform: one space where everything is kept secure = less chance of compromise.
Just One Best Practice is Simply Not Enough
Providing cyberattack video surveillance protection is an ongoing, multi-prong effort. It requires processes, culture of commitment and the right technology to manage it in a scalable, automated way with good governance.
When you team up with the experts at ITS, there’s no need to fear the unknown aspects of your video surveillance network’s infrastructure, connections, or cybersecurity; and that’s because there will be no unknown. Receive end to end support, from design consulting and implementation to security and digital outreach expansion – the experts at ITS will be here to help you every step of the way. Get in touch with us today to learn more!