Four ways you could be risking the cyber health of your network cameras

Joe Danielson

Cybersecurity threats have continued to grow substantially over the past few years. Proactive prevention practices remain the best protection Like early detection of poor maintenance routines, which allows businesses to build in cybersecurity into their work routines. An important dimension here is maintaining IT systems and network cameras — as important as the deployment of the system itself. Over time, if security systems are inadequately maintained, they are likely to become susceptible to vulnerabilities and data breaches.

Below are the four signs of poor system cyber health that businesses must be aware of to ensure their surveillance and security systems remain protected:

1. IT and security teams are not aligned

This could be an issue regarding a disparity between how your hardware and software solutions are connected to your network. Or how your IT policies recommend they should be connected. A lack of alignment and processes is amplified further when disparate networks are involved, leading to increased confusion regarding the correct security measures to take. In turn, this will increase risks of data breaches.

2. Network users are not following (or are unaware of) policies and procedures

36% of all reported data breaches were due to human error, that is according to the latest Notifiable Data Breach report, which covers all breaches from April 1 to June 30 in 2018.

Following IT policies is a crucial protocol to avoid extremely preventable breaches. By having standards in place, you can ensure your system remains secure and operates at its optimum level. Remember the enforcement of policies needs to be ongoing, as some users or new recruits may be unaware of or be following procedures systematically. Remember: one unintended action could put your whole system at risk.

Thus, if the company hasn’t specified clearly defined requirements and expectations with regards to IT security, the organization suffers from a dramatically increased likely to encounter cyber-attacks.

3. Installation and maintenance plans are not clearly documented

Sometimes installers do not completely understand or account for all of the specific needs that your system requires at the time it is deployed. It is also plausible for some vendors to be not regularly visiting businesses for a planned maintenance interval. Systems that are not well maintained also suffer from dramatically increased susceptibility from cyber-attacks.

Make sure all stakeholders responsible for maintenance have a clear schedule for testing and maintaining the system, and that a clear audit trail is kept — from the day of installation onwards so any issues can be easily identified and rectified,

4. Technology vendors aren’t talking to you about cybersecurity

Your technology vendor should ideally keep you well informed about the best practices for network health and discuss which precautions can be taken regarding cybersecurity. Each technology is part of a bigger system and it is likely that systems are not fully secured.


Businesses cannot be expected to maintain the protection of their assets independently. It requires a collaborative effort to manage threats on a system level. Protecting your organization’s network, its devices and services from cyber attacks is not your concern alone; responsibility falls across the entire vendor supply chain.


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