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Addressing Cybersecurity Threats with advanced Video Surveillance

By Enterprise Technology Review | Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The issue of cybersecurity has grown in significance in recent years. Development in technology has brought about changes in the ways enterprises function, and this has opened up possibilities of cyber threats and attacks. Although the term cybersecurity is generally not associated with physical security devices, the devices used in security surveillance are under an increasing amount of risk as well. 

Previously, the video surveillance systems were separate from the internet and the LAN and used physical cables to transfer the data to recording devices. The cybersecurity risks associated with such a system were, and the only point of concern was physical attacks to damage the devices. Today, the situation is different. The modern methods of video surveillance use IP based equipment which can send recorded videos over the internet to local, remote, or cloud storage spaces. Many parties and clients have access to these networks. These factors greatly complicate the security issues and make surveillance vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. To counter the security risks, a proactive approach from the organizations' end is necessary. 

To reduce network vulnerabilities, ensuring data protection is essential. Through comprehensive role-based approach in control and secure encryptions, companies can safeguard the data in question. The need for encryption increases the costs because of additional hardware requirements, but with software-based encryption, hardware requirements can be eliminated.

The role-based approach helps in mitigating security risks that accompany human errors. Due to mistakes caused by a particular person, the chances of a security attack increases. If the organization creates a system where only authorized individuals to have access and control over the networks, the chances of errors reduce and make video surveillance safer. A centralized and integrated system in place plays a vital role in simplifying security management.

The ever-increasing risks from hackers have necessitated compliance agencies to come up with legislation and regulations to ensure data safety. Video surveillance also needs to be compliant with a set of rules. With a proactive approach, enterprises can strengthen their video surveillance against attacks, which will subsequently enhance physical security.

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