Posted 2 years 108 days ago ago by Jake Thomas
There’s no magic bullet – no single solution for staying safe
October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month and it could be argued the year 2017 thus far has been the most nefarious year to date for cyber security meltdowns. An inordinate number of cyber attacks, exploits, ransomware, botnets and more have targeted individuals, as well as large enterprises within the first six months. Some estimates put the average cost of a data breach in North America at $1.3 million for enterprises and $117,000 for small and medium-sized businesses.
Even Equifax, who in September acknowledged a massive cyber security breach that exposed more than 145 million Americans, took down its own webpage earlier this month due to fraudulent Adobe Flash updates. In the interest of keeping you, as well as ourselves “in the know” about how to better guard against cyber threats, we looked at some of the companies whose products we offer and what they do to better protect you:
In the case of AXIS, cyber security is all about three layers of protection: Security management, Vulnerability management, and Learning and collaboration. The company acknowledges standardized network protocols and services may contain weaknesses that can be exploited for malicious attacks, according to the company’s vulnerability policy. And while there is no guarantee products and services are free from those weaknesses, AXIS is constantly developing security patches in the form of software/firmware updates.
That, however, is just the first step. “Effective cyber security is about assessing risks and consequences and taking appropriate steps,” AXIS states on its website. “It’s about products, people, technology and ongoing processes.” The company also has loads of information and tips on how to protect yourself from cyber criminals, whether you are a business owner, IT specialist, physical security director or integrator. More information on guidelines, security advisories and statements can be accessed here.
“Cyber security is more than just a buzzword: it’s something that pertains to every device that is connected to the internet,” IC Realtime says on its website. “IP video surveillance is not immune to cyber risks, but taking basic steps toward protecting and strengthening networks and networked appliances will make them less susceptible to attacks.” As per physical security, the company recommends connecting IP cameras to the PoE ports on the back of an NVR and physically locking down the device to prevent any unauthorized physical access to the system. As always, use strong passwords, change them regularly, and set up an SSL certificate to enable HTTPS that will encrypt all communication between your devices and recorder. Those are just a few of the recommendations IC Realtime has for customers but is also offering a free system check by their technical support team to ensure you have the latest firmware.
A search of the company’s website returned little by way of cyber security tips. However, the company announced on Oct. 23 the launch of a Cyber Security Hotline that integrators, clients and tech partners can call. Partners can reach Hikvision’s cyber security support division by calling 626-723-2100 and the company encourages them to update all equipment with the latest firmware. “Updating firmware is an effective way to safeguard equipment from cyber attacks and eliminate known vulnerabilities,” Chuck Davis, Hikvision’s Director of Cyber Security for North America said in a press release.