Have your security cameras opened a window into your business?

It’s easy to forget that security cameras are “smart.” We’re been able to receive surveillance video on our desktop computers for decades, so we don’t really think about the switch from a direct feed to one that travels over the Internet. Also, we don’t store data in our security cams, so we don’t think that anyone would want to hack them. But in reality, networked security cameras are the most vulnerable Internet of Things devices that serve your company.

Small businesses often install surveillance video devices themselves, or have them installed by a contractor, without the input or continuing upkeep of an IT expert. These devices are vulnerable to malware infection, which can be devastating to a company.

Remember that an infected device is a figurative window into your network, and an infected camera is a literal window into your building.

Do you know the answers to these questions?

  • How do your cameras communicate with your network?
  • How, and why, do your cameras communicate with their parent company?
  • If a camera, or its feed, are hacked, what protections are in place to prevent malware from spreading throughout your network?

If you are a business owner and you feel overwhelmed just reading these questions, you are not alone. IT security is not your area of expertise. What you do need to understand is that surveillance devices need to be programmed, protected, updated, monitored, and correctly isolated on a network, just like all of the other devices your company uses that are computerized, networked, and “smart.” A managed IT service provider handles these tasks for its clients. It’s one of the many ways we prevent IT disasters and keep your company up and running.

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