With their increasing complexity and functionality, modern security cameras should be regarded as the computers that they actually are and be protected accordingly.
Modern IP cameras are computers and as such they are vulnerable to attack. Businesses tend to forget this as they don’t look like PCs and they are invariably installed above eye line. Out of sight – out of mind but make no mistake each one has a processor, memory, an operating system and crucially; access to your network.
All organisations can take basic steps to reduce their exposure to incursion via their cameras.
Update Your Camera’s Firmware
It is simple to do but it is still an overhead and so are you actually doing it? Manufacturers regularly update camera firmware to protect against exploits. You need easy access to the current firmware version of all of your cameras and bring them up to date with the manufacturers’ latest version.
Keep Your Cameras Local
Direct access to the Internet, really? Access cameras only via a Security Management System, NVR, DVR or VMS and make sure that it resides behind a firewall.
Passwords for Your Cameras
Check that every camera has password protection turned on. Apply a strong password and if you can, change the default admin name. Change camera passwords regularly and if staff leave, consider changing the passwords again.
Even basic models of cameras are now wireless capable. Turn this feature off. If you really can’t do this then ensure that it is encrypted with WPA2 as a minimum.
Encrypt all connections
Think, is the network traffic between your cameras and NVR are encrypted? Think again. Many systems do not even use SSL. This makes them vulnerable to eavesdropping. Always check.
As part of our on-going innovation strategy, Cortech are currently exploring ways to enhance Datalog to help provide centralised auditability of your cameras. Such as displaying firmware versions, camera status, focus accuracy and even image quality (depending on camera hardware and driver functionality).