Axis’ full camera range given major cyber security boost
Axis Communications, the market leader in network video technology, has received two accolades from leading security authorities in the form of Cyber Essentials Plus, a scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre, and Secure by Default self-certification, organised by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter. The awards demonstrate Axis’ commitment to cyber security and its dedication to mitigating cyber risks within the products and services it provides.
The UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) launched earlier in 2019 a voluntary set of minimum requirements to ensure that surveillance cameras and components are manufactured in a way that is secure by design and secure by default. This is a key element of UK government policy on technological innovation having announced a £70m investment in making the UK a world leader in eliminating cyber threats to businesses and consumers by developing more resilient IT hardware, with security and protection designed directly into the hardware and chips.
Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales said, “Congratulations to Axis Communications in self-certifying their products as ‘secure by default’. It has been an enlightening and positive experience working with manufacturers toward a common goal and it’s a genuine first and further requirements will follow over the next couple of years. The certification mark demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the products listed on my website meet the new minimum requirements I expect in terms of cyber-secure surveillance camera products. This is exactly the leadership I expect from a company like Axis.”
Axis’ full range of camera products have been certified including Companion Series, M Series, P Series, Q Series and F Series and will mean that Axis’ products make a significant contribution to improving the UK’s resilience against cyber security attacks via video surveillance systems. The requirements of the scheme are an important step forward for manufacturers, installers and users alike in providing the best possible assurance for stakeholders that products aren’t vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Steven Kenny, Industry Liaison, Architecture & Engineering at Axis Communications, commented, “Security must be at the heart of our shared ambition for a smarter, safer world. It is imperative that every project is approached strategically within specific security standards and frameworks, and implemented with a Secure by Default philosophy. Axis played a part in the development of the new security requirement for surveillance cameras and we welcome it, and also look forward to working with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to take this to the next level in the future.”
Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme, launched in 2014, which encourages businesses of all sizes to ensure their IT services and systems are fully protected to effectively address potential threats. It identifies the security controls that an organisation must have in place within its IT systems, rewarding those that can demonstrate effective protection. The accreditation is about more than securing a firm’s own IT systems, however. As the use of networked technologies, such as IP surveillance and access control devices, continues to increase in the UK, more data than ever is being processed and stored.
The ‘Plus’ component to the accreditation refers to verification of Axis’ cybersecurity, which has been carried out independently by a certification body. Accreditation recognizes Axis’ dedication and continued commitment to ensuring systems are secure from hackers, and reassures its customers that they are working with a company that takes cybersecurity seriously, developing its solutions while adhering to the highest levels of security best-practice.
Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states, “With growing awareness around meeting the requirements of GDPR, businesses are more cautious of working with companies who cannot demonstrate a continuing commitment to the safety and security of their systems and processes. We have always had a 100% focus on cybersecurity at Axis. Our renewed accreditation of the Cyber Essentials scheme highlights our commitment to support our customers in adopting a best practice approach to all areas of cybersecurity. The Secure by Default self-certification confirms the hard work that is invested into the products and solutions we develop to ensure security is guaranteed. Openness, trust and transparency are core to fighting the threat of cybercrime and we welcome any further collaboration with schemes that help give clarity and assurance to Axis’ many stakeholders.”
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