Cybersecurity is a growing concern for companies in all sectors, Security market included. However robust your security systems are, Human Resources, namely security operators and maintenance staff, play a crucial role in their integrity.
Reduce the chances of your VMS infrastructure suffering a cyber attack by adopting a few precautions and best practices.
Simple Practices for companies with VMS solutions:
- Restrict physical and network access to video surveillance cameras, video recorders and video servers to whom it is strictly necessary;
- Always change the default passwords of all electronic devices, namely IP cameras and other security equipment;
- Ensure that VMS operators log in to the VMS when then start their shift and log out when they end it;
- VMS login accounts should be personal (i.e., not shared between the security team) and login passwords periodically changed;
- Encourage the adoption of randomly generated passwords for all security equipment including your VMS;
- Your VMS should be keeping a timestamped log of all user access and user operations: know how to access it;
- Restrict access on your VMS workstations to USB external disks and drives, DVD recorders, Remote Desktop tools and any other way that would be an open door for third-parties to access your VMS;
- Never connect CCTV and/or VMS components to the Internet: remote access should be provided to whom it is strictly necessary and always over secure connections, like for example VPN tunnels;
- Enforce these practices and ensure your team knows them;
- Include periodic cybersecurity audits in your maintenance plans.