How to Protect Your Surveillance Footage?

Today’s society is the science fiction novel of yesteryear. We can access the collective knowledge of human history via a device we carry in our pocket. The microwave in your kitchen has more memory than the guidance system that put a man on the moon. Cars that drive themselves are even on some of our streets. According to the Digital Lives Survey, teens no longer distinguish the online world from the real world. 

With this new world of technology and connectivity come new possibilities, excitement and a unique set of challenges. We now have the capability to monitor dozens of cameras recording to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) from mobile devices anywhere on the planet. As Uncle Ben from Spiderman would put it, “with great power comes great responsibility.” To adjust to this new world, we have to protect ourselves from cyber-attacks. Although hacking is not as common as some might think, it is still wise to know the threats we are facing.

How to Protect Your Surveillance Footage?

Why would anyone want to hack my NVR?

Surveillance systems are designed to protect our homes, schools, and businesses from outside threats. We use cameras to monitor common areas and safeguard our valuables. If you are lucky, the footage you record will be utterly boring. But by watching what we care about, we may be opening a window. Today’s criminals are more sophisticated than smash-and-grab robberies. If a hacker were to access your security camera system, they could view pivotal areas, establish patterns in your behavior and even disable your cameras when they choose to make their move. Before you tear out your cameras and throw away the NVR, you need to know where the real threat lies: with your computer. 

Protection on Individual Computers

Because your computer is controlling your NVR, your computer can be the gateway for attackers. To protect yourself from this threat, make sure you have a strong firewall on any computers with access to your NVR. Think of Firewall as your first line of defense. It helps your computer to identify what sources you can trust to send you data. Check with the device manufacturer to see if they have a firewall they recommend. McAfee is an industry leader with solutions spanning residential to enterprise.  

Protection on the Server

Is your security system tied into a server or an endpoint connected to a server? You may want to consider anti-malware for all the endpoints on your system. You’ve probably heard of Trojans, spyware or worms, these are all forms of malware to protect against. If any device connected to a server becomes infected, it can infect all of the devices because those devices trust each other for sending/receiving. To take your network security to the next level, take a look at anti-malware solutions like Malwarebytes.

If you’ve invested in a security system, you’ve already made precautions to protect the people and belongings in your building. Don’t let a weak link in your network security undermine the rest of your security efforts. 

Sep 16th 2021 Matt

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