9 Simple Steps to Create a More Cyber-Secure Security System
Cybersecurity is more than just a trending topic; it’s a set of protocols and strategies designed to protect every device that is connected to the Internet. IP video surveillance systems are not immune to cyber risks, but taking simple steps toward protecting and strengthening your networks and network devices will make them less susceptible to attacks. Below are some tips and recommendations from Dahua on how to create a more cyber-secured solution:
- One basic way to keep your devices secured from attack is to ensure that your NVR, DVR, and IP cameras firmware are up-to-date at all times.
- Some IP devices are now made with the capability to check for available security patches and updates, safeguarding against attacks and unauthorized software.
Use Strong Passwords and Change Frequently
- The number one reason a system gets “hacked” is due to weak or default passwords.
- Dahua recommends never using a default password, and instead creating a strong and unique password for your system.
- What is considered a “strong” password? It should be at least 8 characters and is made up of a combination of special characters, numbers, and upper and lower case letters.
- Regularly change the credentials to your devices to help ensure that only authorized users are able to access the system.
Change Passwords Regularly
- This step is often-overlooked but crucial for security. Regularly change the credentials to your devices to help ensure that only authorized users are able to access the system.
- While many new cyber-secured devices force a password update upon system activation, it is important to continually update these passwords to prevent attacks.
Change ONVIF Password
- On older IP Camera firmware, the ONVIF password does not change when you change the system’s credentials.
- To change this you will need to either update the camera’s firmware to the latest version or manually change the ONVIF password.
- Instructions: http://dahuawiki.com/Software/Change_ONVIF_Password_via_ONVIF_Device_Manager
Enable IP Filter
- Enabling the IP filter will prevent everyone, except those with specified IP addresses, from accessing the system.
- Work with your integrator to “Whitelist” specific IP and MAC addresses to ensure that only those devices/locations can access the system.
Check the Log
- If you suspect that someone has gained unauthorized access to your system, you can always check the system log.
- This log will show you which IP addresses were used to login to your system and what was accessed.
Physically Lock Down the Device
- Ideally, you want to prevent any unauthorized physical access to your security system. The best way to achieve this is to install the recorder in a lockbox, locking server rack, or in a room that has controlled access .
- This will deter any physical sabotage to the system.
Use a Different Username and Password for SmartPSS
- In the event that your social media, bank, email, or any other account is compromised, you would not want someone collecting those passwords and trying them out on your video surveillance system.
- Using a different username and password for your security system will make it more difficult for someone to guess your credentials
Limit Features of Guest Accounts
- If your system is set up for multiple users, ensure that each user only has rights to features and functions they need to use to perform their job.