4 Mistakes to Avoid to Prevent Hacks on Your IP Security Camera

4 Mistakes to Avoid to Prevent Hacks of Your IP Security Camera

Video surveillance is an essential component of every business’s security setup. Security teams all over the world use this technology to access live or recorded video feeds, which can be used to monitor or check happenings and make decisions. 

The usage of video surveillance cameras among private and government enterprises and industries has, in recent years, grown and does not look like reducing anytime soon. 

According to studies, more than 1 billion surveillance cameras are currently in use globally. This shows how effective these security options can prove in the fight against company theft and other use cases. This article highlights the mistakes some security teams make to ensure your security is as beefed up as possible. Read on to learn more

Hackers are Targeting IP Security Cameras!

However, there is a catch. While surveillance cameras have been in use to increase security levels, it has also become a loophole for hackers to exploit. To increase the effectiveness of security systems and setups, many security cameras are connected to the internet and provide live feeds from remote distances. These are called IP security cameras. 

Hackers have found a way to access these cameras (without authorisation) Like with any equipment connected to the Internet, IP security cameras can be modified to ensure your security is as secure as possible. Below are some of the mistakes you need to avoid: 

Not monitoring connected devices 

One common mistake of IP security camera users is not knowing how many devices are connected to the cameras’ network. Security professionals should be aware of all the devices connected to and working in tandem with this equipment. While physical security teams are conventionally in charge of security cameras, this new threat necessitates a shift in this convention.

Having IT teams liaise with the physical security teams would better businesses’ security level through the input and experience IT team members possess. IT teams offering managed IT services would provide a greater sense of security through intelligent and technical monitoring of security installations such as access control systems. They can also monitor connected devices and identify and kick out rogue devices.  

Also, integrating physical and network security equipment can be a good step toward greater security. IT teams can introduce and monitor a central security dashboard that handles all visibility and monitoring. This would significantly reduce the workload on the security team and allow for greater physical and administrative coverage. 

Not changing the default user names and passwords after purchase

Many IP security camera users fail to change default usernames and passwords after purchase. 

To set up this system, one needs to create a password that will grant access when they need to check the videos much later. It does not help that most of these manufacturers have their passwords posted on their websites for easy access. Hackers can utilise these the same way legitimate users will and easily gain access to perform their dastardly acts. 

To avoid this, it is critical to choose a strong password while deploying the system. While no password is guaranteed to be hacker-proof, using symbols, numbers, and uppercase and lowercase letters can increase the complexity and, consequently, security of these systems. This will reduce the likelihood of cyber attackers gaining control of your system.

Another security feature to maintain legitimate access is 2FA authentication. Some cameras offer this and asking for authentication before allowing access to the account can help limit hacker activity. 

Not upgrading your IP security camera’s firmware to the latest version 

One feature IP security camera manufacturers are adding to their products is the ability to update its malware during its lifetime. There is always a possibility that a vulnerability can develop, and rather than make users opt for physical replacements (which might cost a lot), companies can simply upgrade their firmware. 

Device firmware has been a common target for cyber attackers; not paying attention to them could potentially devastate your business. Many companies overlook this during security reviews and audits. Firmware vulnerabilities include backdoor accounts, buffer overflows, and injection vulnerabilities.

With outdated firmware, you may be allowing cyber criminals to use the cameras on your network to steal video footage or use your device to target other devices and systems. Typically, users can update the firmware through a web browser after logging in with admin privileges. To ensure that the newest firmware is secure, run a penetration test or vulnerability scan on the device. This should highlight potential vulnerabilities.

As product users, checking the manufacturer’s website on a regular basis for firmware updates will ensure hackers do not have time and space to wreak havoc. 

Not conducting regular vulnerability tests 

It is important to run tests consistently when delivering data across IP networks. Verifying all connected protocols, software, and hardware repeatedly to confirm that your video monitoring component has been correctly configured is key to maintaining a solid security atmosphere. 

Protocol testing may be used to analyse the security of network communications to and from the device. This should alert users to network vulnerabilities that can be snuffed out early.  

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