IP security devices are both a deterrent and a threat. Network-connected devices must be vetted and locked down to prevent hijacks. Any system that protects the organization from a physical threat could be maliciously used to enter the IT network. Only trusted security devices should be used.
Security Catching up to IT
Security systems were once analog, using dedicated wire to connect each camera to the analog matrix switch. When IP cameras were introduced, a gap in technical ability was identified between IT and security professionals. Security companies needed employees that could work within IT department guidelines. Some companies developed that talent internally, while others hired their own IT talent. Many simply failed to compete in an IT-based environment.
New IT Challenges
Today, the challenge is less about network connectivity, and more about the organizational vulnerability presented by these devices.
Criminals have invented ingenious ways to infiltrate networks, steal personal data, and disrupt operations. Device hacking is now the most common way to infiltrate a vulnerable network. Because security devices are IP connected, they’re a potential portal for a hack.
Risk-averse IT departments allow very few devices on their network. Expect your IT department to require that embedded security devices contain trusted platform modules (TPM) and trusted certificates. Trusted modules and certificates ensure that security devices won’t be compromised.
Don’t forget to keep up with basic security protocols. Password protection, for example, is a simple solution that works well with trusted platform modules and trust certifications. Added layers of security can be time-consuming and costly, but the cost of security is insignificant when compared to the cost of a breach.
The Right Partner
Trusted security integration companies will always work with the IT department and other stakeholders to ensure that the security devices themselves are safe from cyber-attacks.
Our team understands that every organization has unique IT challenges. We have the extensive security experience you’ll need to ensure physical and cybersecurity compliance.
Netronix Integration evaluates the challenges, performance expectations, environmental conditions, and IT requirements at your facility. Input is gathered from the security team, facilities staff, IT department, administrators, and other stakeholders. We perform a site survey, inside and outside, to uncover potential vulnerabilities. Once risks and expectations are defined, our team designs a unified security solution. Products from a variety of leading manufacturers are assembled into a custom design.