Cyber threats are everywhere at the moment, with even the British Library recently falling victim. And whether it’s a business or a personal attack, the results can be devastating. But while it’s possible to take some precautions to protect your digital devices against cyberattacks, people often overlook the potential risks faced by their security systems. Home CCTV is becoming increasingly more popular as contemporary technology has made it more accessible for all. But how do you protect it against abuse from cybercriminals?
Four Tips for Securing Your CCTV System Against Cyber Threats
Passwords have become the ultimate bugbear of the 2020s, we all have so many that it’s almost impossible to memorise them and keep them updated. But strong password management can make the difference between your data being secured or stolen. So, it’s good practice for all members of your family or business who have access to your CCTV to have their own login. Your passwords should be complicated and not easy to guess – don’t use your dog’s name followed by an exclamation mark, for example! Don’t keep a written record of your passwords anywhere in the house. And set a reminder to regularly change your passwords.
Almost all types of tech have regular firmware updates. And while installation isn’t difficult, it will usually mean that your tech is offline for the time that the installation is taking place, which can be time consuming and might not always be practical. However, staying on top of firmware updates can help to protect your CCTV system. Designed to fix any bugs, add patches, and address vulnerabilities, firmware updates can stop would-be hackers before they’ve started. By failing to update your firmware, you are exposing your CCTV system to risk.
Network security measures
One of the first steps you can take to ensure the security of your CCTV system is to always use a private network. If you use a public network to access your cameras and data, it opens the door to anyone with criminal intent. That aside, it’s a really good idea to make sure that you have other network security measures in place. Including a firewall, and up to date antivirus protection for any other device that accesses the network.
Provide physical security
CCTV systems are only valuable when they are working. So, when installation is taking place, ensure that cables are run in places they can’t be tampered with. This will help ensure that your cameras always remain functional, while ensure that the hardware cannot be interfered with. Whether the removal of a power supply, or the introduction of a virus through USB.
Cyber security is a matter that we all need to take seriously. According to a study conducted by Comparitech, more than 71 million people become victims of cybercrime every year. Some of it is entirely a matter of registering with the wrong company at the wrong time. But with home tech devices, such as CCTV, there are always measures you can take to make your security a little more robust.Contact Securvision today to discuss CCTV system installation.