Reduce The Vulnerability Of Your IP Cameras

August 16th, 2019

Internet Protocol (IP) cameras provide superior security benefits to businesses everywhere. They can be used to monitor and control surveillance systems remotely, and save costs by storing video files in the cloud.  However, like all devices connected to the internet, they can be vulnerable to physical and network attacks. Without proper cybersecurity protocols in place, it becomes easier for hackers to exploit weaknesses in your network. 

What Are Hackers Looking For? 

Hackers look for any kind of information they can use for malicious purposes. They will try to break into your security camera system for any information that can provide them with exploitable vulnerabilities. Some potential reasons for hacking include: 

  • Gaining extensive knowledge of your physical security so they can determine where and when to break in to your facility. 

  • Stealing high-value trade secrets they can sell on the black market. 

  • Acquiring personal information to conduct phishing scams to get bank and credit card account information from individuals. 

  • Installing malware to capture passwords as they are entered, or ransomware to hold the system hostage until you pay a large fee to release it.  

Can Your Security Camera Be Vulnerable? 

All security cameras are vulnerable to hackers. This is what makes ongoing cybersecurity so important for all businesses, regardless of size. They can break in to your video surveillance system in several ways, but they can also get into your network through: 

  • Computer operating systems (Microsoft Windows, Linux).

  • Computer software such as DVRs, NVRs, and VMS software.

  • Firewall ports that are being used by you or your staff to access system controls. 

The security of your IP cameras also depends on how your system is configured. The safest system uses the local network equipped with a network firewall and VPN software. The only way for a hacker to get through the firewall is through a secure, encrypted connection. 

Protect Your Cameras 

Practicing cybersecurity can go a long way toward improving your IP camera security. Best practices can include implementing a firewall and staying current with the latest cybersecurity standards.  Other methods of protection include:

  • Apply operating and system updates as soon as they come out. 

  • Create passwords that are unique, long, and ambiguous for each camera. If using a VPN, one strong password will suffice.  

  • Change passwords every 90 days.

  • Provide cybersecurity training to all employees who access your surveillance system. 

  • Create separate networks for the video surveillance system and information system.

Keeping up with cybersecurity threats can be exhausting. A professional security expert can help you stay on top of the best technology to help keep your business one step ahead of the hackers. At Grayson Pro-Tech, we have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the best security system to reduce your risk of being hacked. We can assist you in choosing a new system, or look at your current system for vulnerabilities and required updates to keep it secure. No matter what your business needs, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.