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Minimize Vulnerabilities In Your Businesses IP Security Camera Systems

A majority of security systems that are implemented today are Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, unlike analog closed-circuit cameras, IP security cameras, which send and receive data through a computer network and the Internet. This offers businesses a variety of new benefits including the ability to monitor and control their video surveillance system remotely, and significant cost savings by allowing cloud storage of video files. However, like any device that is plugged into the Internet, without proper attention to cybersecurity, the same IP security cameras you have installed to improve security in your business may, in fact, be making it more vulnerable to physical and network attacks.

What Are Hackers Looking For?

  • Personal Information - Hackers can attempt to steal personal information for the purposes of conducting phishing attacks to obtain credit card and banking information from individuals.

  • Computing Resources - Hackers can attempt to take advantage of your business’ computing resources, such as your network’s processing power, for the purpose of stealing large data sets or more recently, mining cryptocurrencies.

  • Install Malware - Hackers can attempt to install malware, such as keyloggers, to capture passwords as they are entered or ransomware that takes your system hostage until you pay the hacker to release it.

Are Your IP Security Cameras Vulnerable?

The short answer is yes; all security cameras are vulnerable to hacking. The unfortunate reality is that in today’s cybersecurity environment, the question is not whether your system will be hacked but when, which makes ongoing and proactive cybersecurity measures a must.

Whether you want to increase the IP camera network security of your facility or you are looking to develop a business security standard, we can customize our solutions to meet your goals. If any of these solutions are areas of concern in your business give us a call to get started! 

Protect Your Business and IP Cameras With These Tips

  • Contain and compartmentalize your internal networks - Creating separate networks for your video surveillance system and your information systems not only saves on bandwidth, but also minimizes risk should any part of your system be compromised.

  • Implement a firewall as soon as possible

  • Unique Password - Use a unique, long, and non-obvious password for each camera. This is critical if you are allowing access with a port forwarding system. If your system employs a VPN, however, having a single strong password for all cameras will suffice.

  • Change all passwords every 90 days

  • Enable multi-factor authentication - for your system, which requires the user to provide another piece(s) of information unique to the user, such as a code sent via text or phone, secret questions, etc. This is critically important if you are using a port forwarding system.

  • Use a trusted cloud-based provider for back up.

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity standards.

If you are installing a new video surveillance system, we can help you select the right technology to meet your needs and ensure it is properly configured to provide the top level security you expect. We can also look at your current system to identify and eliminate any vulnerabilities and provide the monitoring and updates you need to keep your system secure.

If you like the ideas we’ve discussed today, give us a call and we can help you take the appropriate measures to protect your staff, equipment, and customers. Providing you with peace of mind.

Does IP Camera Security sound like the right solution for you? Contact HSI Security Today


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