Learn how to protect your IP security cameras from hackers.
3 Easy Steps to Protect IP Cameras From Hackers
IP cameras are just as vulnerable to cyberattacks as any other networked device. Here are three mandatory steps that will eliminate network security weaknesses.April 21, 2016 SSI Staff
IP cameras offer hackers a particularly easy portal into the system.
In a networked physical security environment, each embedded device is a unique computer complete with IP address, passwords, security configuration settings and vulnerabilities. Poorly configured devices can provide a hacker with the opportunity to gain entry into the network where they can alter or collect data, change settings, take control of the system or, ultimately, defeat a physical security system and render the facility unprotected.
Of the many devices vulnerable to attack, IP cameras offer a particularly easy portal into the system. To attackers, a camera is simply another networked device, and therefore another potential attack point – one with which they have had some success recently. IP cameras can become vulnerable due to human factors (misconfiguration, user error, etc.) or the technology (design flaws, firmware).
Another weakness of IP cameras is the “set-and-forget” mindset commonly practiced by the installing dealer as well as the end user. To help overcome the practice, at a minimum the following three areas should be mandatory to address.