Have You Thought About Security Camera Management?

So, perhaps you’ve implemented an “NVR” (or Network Video Recorder) security/camera system, and that’s a great move, but did you know there are a host of factors to consider after the installation of such a device?

Just off the top of our heads, the following questions are important to ask yourself with regard to security camera management:

  • Are your cameras so vulnerable they’re exposed to the entire planet remotely?
  • Do you have any security protocols in place to access the systems, or do they rely on plain text? (We can tell you from experience that most security system installers, unfortunately, don’t understand the differences.)
  • You may have expanded the capacity of the system from “x number of days” to “y number of weeks” via a larger hard drive, but did you take care to install multiple drives to protect against disk failure? Additionally, should the disk fail within 24 hours while a warranty replaces it, are you left without security at all during that time? For that matter, are you legally required to have a functional system in place, 24/7, at all costs, at all times?
  • On the subject of coverage, even though you have this system with 90 days’ worth of video for legal, audit, privacy and/or compliance reasons, do you have backups in place should an employee accidentally delete data or vandalize the system to conceal activity? What about if a malicious intruder smashed or otherwise stole the entire unit, or if a fire that may have burned down the entire building and took out the camera systems? Are these backups offsite? Can your camera system use the aforementioned data to prove who modified the cameras, or where the fire started?
  • Have you reviewed your internet network bandwidth before or after installing your systems? Do you even possess enough? Do you require redundant WAN links so that security can be used even in the event of a primary link failure?

We understand that we’ve hit you with a lot to think about in the above questions, but the truth of the matter is this: Security systems in general are becoming more and more important because of increasing crime and theft around us. These systems are able to provide us with video footage – whether live or recorded – within the boundaries of our properties, businesses or plants, and allows owners to keep an eye on their property while away.

What is has come down to is best practices for security camera systems, something we’re beginning to take a much closer look into here at DMS iTech. Security camera systems are increasingly internet-connected, driven in great part by customer demand for remote video access, and these systems run the gamut from cloud-managed surveillance setups and traditional DVR/VMS/NVRs connected to the internet to traditional systems connected to a local network, which in turn is connected to the internet.

Indeed, with cyber-attacks on the rise, physical security integrators and internal support staff alike must be up-to-date on cyber security attack vectors which can impact the video camera management protocols they work with. As IT experts ourselves, DMS iTech can tell you that these systems demand the same level of protection from cyber-security vulnerabilities that traditional IT systems face.

The “best practices” we mentioned above differ based on the surveillance system type; as we touched on, there are two major system types we refer to:

  • Traditional System – Includes either DVR, NVR or VMS with an internet connection, typically for the purpose of remote video access.
  • Cloud-Managed System – Also referred to as VSAAS; though there may be an onsite device, the video in this system is recorded and managed from the cloud.

Additionally, the five major cyber-attack vectors for video camera systems include:

  • Windows OS
  • Linux OS
  • Endpoints (Cameras)
  • Firewall Ports

Do you need consulting services for NVR systems? Look no further than the team at DMS iTech.

DMS iTech: Always Looking Towards the Future

As a full-service IT company providing end-to-end IT solutions including hardware and software sales, support and more to businesses of all kinds, DMS iTech is 100-percent committed to redefining what “safe and secure” means. In striving to offer state-of-the-art IT services surpassed by no other agency, we are going to continue monitoring the security camera management sector because of how important it is moving into the future.

At DMS iTech, we have your virtual back.