And that includes your IP CCTV cameras. Security cameras have long been a reliable means of catching people in the act. With the advent of IP-based surveillance and cameras connected via the Internet of Things, criminals can now turn the tables on those who operate the cameras. If your CCTV cameras are connected to the Internet of Things, then they are vulnerable!
They can 'break and enter' on to our networks via the camera itself. Just last week, around 1.5m Internet of Things (IoT) devices - mostly security cameras - were hijacked during a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack preventing normal network activity for the businesses that were targeted.
"It really is alarmingly easy and should concentrate the minds of Internet-connected CCTV users!"
Researcher James Lyne has shown how easy it is to take over security cameras using hacker software created over 10 years ago and freely available on the Internet. Meanwhile, an investigation by The Times reported concerns from MI6 about the threat to national security from IP connected CCTV systems.
A business can deter these attacks by making their networks secure. Remote access to IoT devices like cameras, alarm systems and refrigeration monitoring should only be performed via secure connections using a Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
A correctly configured VPN is a single point of access for your systems and IoT devices on your network. Authorised users can connect via computers, phones and tablets with secure and individual user names and passwords.
"IoT devices should never be accessible directly from the Internet!"
If you're accessing any of our network connected equipment remotely and are worried about unauthorised access, call us on 0845 287 3622. We can advise you on network design and provide VPN facilities that give you cost effective protection your IoT and networks.