Network security in IP Video Surveillance!

Internet based technologies are eternally prone to cyber attacks and IP cameras are no exception. Hence, the said fact clearly exposes the danger of cyber espionage on public and private surveillance facilities which are professionally networked and this where network security existence attain its prominence.

Traditionally speaking, it is often seen that businesses painfully learn about defenses against cyber attacks only when they go through million dollar losses or need to comply with regulator mandates, audit corrections and customer demands.

According to FBI, the coming years will prove tough to those depending on Internet Protocol for various services. The federal agency has added that that hackers and cyber criminals will try their best in breaking the privacy and security of enterprises in this year and so businesses need to focus on isolating their business operations from the bad guys of cyber world.

This is where network encryption such as proven 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) acts as a first line of defense. This end-to-end encryption algorithm secures communication between servers and clients, and supports Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which is the foundation for data communication on the Internet. AES 256 is a symmetrical encryption algorithm that has been accepted by the U.S. and Canadian governments as a standard for encrypting transited data and data at rest.

Essentially, AES 256 is a block of algorithms that “scrambles” data into unreadable code for transport, then when reconnected at the receiving point, is unscrambled using the same algorithm when the designated permissions are provided. Till date, there have not been any confirmed hacks of AES 256 encrypted systems except with some faulty implementations which can happen due to human errors.

Coming to data, whether it is at rest or on fly, data encryption reduces the risks associated with data loss, stolen or misplaced. Let’s take the example of an IP Video Surveillance, where the whole line has numerous access points along its network infrastructure where various devices and related systems are being integrated. This includes IP cameras and peripherals such has heaters, IRs, modems, routers, switches which are often deployed remotely, and are managed by video managed systems along with NVRs and other integrated systems such as access control which are typically now being integrated onto a single platform. Therefore, when all systems like video surveillance, access and security solutions represent the best that the security industry has to offer, there is a high chance that said device controls may go into wrong hands when connected to IP.

In addition to enhancing physical security, encryption helps reduce legal liabilities from sensitive information residing on misplaced or discarded devices, as well as the risk of common virus attacks. With National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certification, IP devices and servers with AES-256 encryption greatly help to prevent intruders from reconfiguring devices or gaining unauthorized access to stored data.

This is where manufactures offering surveillance equipment, access controls and security products should also take the initiative to come up with solutions which have in-built AES 256 encryption support. It will help in substantially saving customer’s time and money, as the need for pay any third party encryption software gets eliminated.

Moving forward, businesses will need to consider incurring additional costs related to network protection as hackers continue to be more focused and persistent with attacks.

Fighting back with powerful physical and logical security solutions that employ advanced and proven encryption technologies can help mitigate future risks while actually reducing long-term expenditures.

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