Cybersecurity Security- IP security cameras and other security devices are by their very nature connected to the internet. That’s what lets users access them remotely to check in on their business, and what lets manufacturers update device software without having to make a house call. But this feature can also be their Achilles’ heel. When not secured properly, any camera or access control device in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) can be accessed remotely by just about anyone, not just those with whom you want to share access. Similarly, unencrypted communications between a server and client application, or out-of-date firmware can all be exploited by cybercriminals, potentially putting an entire organization’s network at risk.
And that’s a big problem for the physical security industry.
According to industry analyst firm, Gartner, by 2020 more than 25 percent of cyberattacks in enterprises will involve IoT devices. And yes, that includes the very devices that are supposed to help keep us safe. More than 60 percent of cyberattacks are currently on small to medium-sized businesses and small businesses are particularly vulnerable to these threats. Sixty percent of small companies are unable to sustain their business beyond six months following a major cyberattack.
Attacks on large businesses are also enormously expensive. According to a 2018 study by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the average data breach costs companies $3.86 million and large-scale breaches can surpass $350 million.
You simply cannot afford to take any risks when it comes to protecting your physical security system against cyberthreats. The good news is you have help in the fight. Reputable physical security manufacturers and software developers have established a multitude of ways to protect against cyberthreats. And those that are most trusted don’t just stop there. They literally “attack” themselves in an effort to determine if their products really provide the protection they say they do. Another key partner that can help you protect against cyberthreats: trusted systems integrators who are in the field recommending and installing these physical security solutions.
How do cybercriminals gain access to a security system?
A poorly secured camera, unencrypted communications between a server and client application, or out-of-date firmware can all easily be exploited by cybercriminals. Ransomware attacks are particularly costly, and have been known to target systems running common, but outdated software.