Cybersecurity Basics: Protecting IP Cameras from Malware

Security and surveillance systems have been a target for criminals for years, with nearly every spy movie created showing how unsavory individuals are able to hack their way around security systems. Even so, there is a new threat attacking connected security systems: cybercriminals are employing malware and viruses in an attempt to break through IP cameras as a tunnel into the broader network of your organization. The IP-based surveillance community is facing an extensive array of attacks according to cybersecurity leader Trend Micro, whose software blocked more than 5 million attacks in a 5-month period alone. With an increasingly-connected environment as opposed to closed-loop surveillance that existed in the past, cybercriminals are always looking for ways to infiltrate your systems. This makes having managed security and surveillance services a vital tactic in your cybersecurity arsenal.

Brute Force Login Attempts Gain Momentum

Trend Micro’s report notes that brute force login attempts comprised up to 75% of the attacks, as an entryway to deeper infiltration and exploitation of a system. This pattern of malicious activity is traced back to several malware variants and system vulnerabilities that are a known issue with specific IP cameras. Protecting against these risks requires active monitoring of the systems to ensure attacks are identified quickly and can be shut down before they cause additional damage to systems. Complete end-to-end protection and oversight allow entities to dramatically reduce the risks associated with a cyberattack, particularly when partnering with specialists that are considered experts in their field.

IP Cameras with Built-In Antivirus Controls

Without knowing the specific root cause and variants that are attacking connected cameras, it has been challenging for device manufacturers and managed video surveillance leaders to partner on solutions that will help maintain adequate cybersecurity solutions for the growing base of IP cameras. This latest research from Trend Micro has allowed device manufacturers to develop the first IP cameras that include advanced antivirus solutions to repel this type of brute force attack — creating a safer and more secure solution that organizations can begin to deploy. This type of IoT (Internet of Things) attack on connected devices is only expected to grow in magnitude as time progresses, making this a vital first step in ensuring that security networks can be confidently protected and maintain a high degree of protection without losing the significant gains associated with connected, cloud-based video surveillance.

Finding the right partner for your security and surveillance equipment often starts with a review of your current capabilities and the unique needs of your entity. The professionals at LaTech Security have worked with organizations of all sizes to gain a deeper understanding of security needs before making recommendations that will meet or exceed business goals and objectives. Contact the team at LaTech at 866-779-4897 or learn more about the solutions that we offer for video management systems and access control online.