Best Practices for Surveillance and Security

Security camera systems have embraced internet connection. And given that many web-related services have reported troubles with cyber attacks in recent years, it makes sense for security operators to come up with best practices for surveillance camera systems. Not only that, security staff should also think about applying certain practices to physical security for better overall protection.



Keep Up to Date on Cyber Security News


To be very specific: both the good and the bad news. Paying attention to the good news gives new ideas on how to make security better. On the other hand, listening to the bad news helps address security concerns as early as possible.



Security systems cannot afford to be plagued by cyber security attacks. While it is increasingly getting tough to defend internet-dependent systems, security staff should really make an effort.



Update Passwords Frequently


Decide on a time frame for change. Is once a week too much? Is it more convenient to update passwords once a month? What if password updates were made every quarter? These are the questions you need to ask to determine how often passwords should be changed.



Passwords should also be strong. It should be made up of a string of characters that are not easy to guess. As convenient as it is to use simple, easy-to-remember words as a password, a strong one can protect surveillance camera systems better. It will take time to set up, but it will all be worth it.



Keep Operating Systems Up to Date


Security camera systems will have an operating system and it will be susceptible to vulnerabilities, be it a Windows-, Linux-, or Mac-based system. As such, staff should be diligent in making sure security patches are installed once they are available.



Encrypt Videos


It’s always best for videos to be encrypted, whether they are in transit or stored on a disk. Doing so limits privacy risks.



Keep Security Equipment Safe


The online threats are stressful enough to think about, but you shouldn’t forget about the physical threats as well. It makes sense to keep cameras and other associated equipment in an area where it can be secured. Access to the area or room where security equipment are stored should be restricted to authorized personnel only.



Make Sure to Update Supporting Software


Aside from updating operating systems with security patches, it also helps to keep all supporting software up to date. After all, they could also serve as entry points for attacks if they carry vulnerabilities. While you can always check if there are updates, you can also make calls to the vendor in case news breaks of new cyber attacks.



The increasing amount of cyber security concerns could leave surveillance camera systems vulnerable. It would be detrimental for an organization to have security systems break down. This is why having a surveillance system shouldn’t just stop at installation – it’s a process that involves hardware, software, and physical protection as well.



Implementing – and updating – best practices for surveillance and security ensures that troubles are kept at a minimum.


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