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Cyber Security and CCTV, knowing how to avoid the risks

28th Jan 2020

The landscape of the CCTV industry has been one that has seen many changes in recent years, moving from closed circuit analogue systems to Internet Protocol (IP) ones, and now with the introduction of “smart” CCTV systems it is changing even further still.

These changes to the industry have brought about a great deal of improvement to the users overall experience, some of which include:

  • Shortened installation process
  • Reduced security management costs
  • Improved quality
  • Remote accessibility and notification functions

cyber security - keeping data safeHowever, it has to be said that these changes have not come without their fair share of scrutiny, leading many to question the overall safety and security of these systems. This is largely in part to their new software, data processing power and connectivity to the internet – All making them a potential target or means of mischief for anyone who might wish to cause an individual, business or governing body harm.

But fear not, these concerns are no cause for owners of IP CCTV systems to be prompted to step back into the analogue era. Instead we have several suggestions to improve the safety and security of these systems, whether they be installed in a personal or professional setting.

In addition, if you are looking to purchase a system for the first time or simply upgrade then we would also advise you to consider choosing a system on the Secure by Default list. 


Recommended Action:

Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs):

Accessing IP CCTV feeds from VPNs may not be supported with all systems and sometimes will not be supported by certain routers. However, when allowed the user can access their CCTV system by acting as if their remote device is on the same local network as the CCTV system, creating a secured tunnel between your remote device and the CCTV system.


Change Default Passwords:

There are large databases online where you can find default usernames and passwords for devices like these, making these systems open to being infiltrated. Changing your passwords to ‘Strong’ on all devices associated with your CCTV system will go a long way to improving safety and security.


Close Unused Remote Access Ports:

Leaving unrequired ports open can allow potential hackers easy and unrestricted access to equipment operating systems, allowing them administrative power over the equipment.


Change Default Ports:

Changing ‘http ports’ on your CCTV system will make any potential hackers life more difficult. Most scan for equipment using popular or default ports and if you don’t appear, you increase your chances of staying safe.


Lock Remote Access for Specific IP Addresses:

By doing this you can block whole sections of the world from access if you choose to do so as countries and Internet Service Providers have pre-assigned IP ranges. By knowing where you would need access from, you can limit access from elsewhere.


Disable Router Ping Responses:

Doing this can block hackers from finding internet connected devices that are potentially available for exploitation, helping your system remain undetected and keeping it secure.

By implementing these suggestions, any user can take their CCTV safety and security to a much improved level. If you find yourself needing help with the above, get in touch with a member of our kind and attentive sales team.

You can reach us via our contact form or by calling 0118 912 5000, where you will be directed to the right member of staff who will be able to assist you with whatever you need.