How to ensure your CCTV is secure

It is essential to ensure the security of your CCTV system to prevent unauthorised access, data breaches, and misuse of surveillance footage. Follow this comprehensive guide to make sure your CCTV system is secure:

  1. Change Default Credentials: Change default CCTV login credentials upon installation to prevent unauthorised access.
  2. Use Strong Passwords: By, creating a strong password with combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using simple passwords.
  3. Regular Software Updates: Professional CCTV manufacturers frequently release software updates and patches to address vulnerabilities, therefore it is important to regularly update your CCTV system’s software and firmware.
  4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra security layer. This often requires a code from a text message or authentication app to access the system.
  5. Limit Remote Access: Enabling remote access increases vulnerability. Use secure methods like VPNs and limit access to essential personnel.
  6. Network Security:
    • Firewall: Block incoming connections from the internet to the surveillance system with a firewall and restrict outgoing connections.
    • Isolation: If possible, keep your CCTV system on a separate network or VLAN from the rest of your IT infrastructure.
    • Wireless Networks: We do not recommend using wireless CCTV cameras.
  7. Data Encryption: Encrypt the data transmission between cameras, storage devices, and viewing stations to prevent attacks and eavesdropping.
  8. Regularly Review User Access: Regularly review and remove unnecessary user accounts, including those of former employees.
  9. Turn Off Audio Recording: It’s important to properly manage the features of cameras to prevent vulnerabilities, such as disabling non-essential audio recording.
  10. Physical Security: Make sure to place cameras, cables, and recording equipment in secure, tamper-proof locations.
  11. Regular Audits and Monitoring: It is important to regularly review system logs and conduct security audits to detect and address any potential vulnerabilities.
  12. Data Storage Security: It is crucial to make sure that any recorded footage is encrypted and stored in a secure location.
  13. Educate and train Staff: Ensure CCTV users understand security. Also, don’t share passwords, log out when not in use, and recognize threats.
  14. Legal Compliance: Ensure that your CCTV system is included in your ICO profile, data protection, and IT Policies.

By combining these steps with a proactive approach to system monitoring and maintenance, you can significantly reduce the risk of security breaches and unauthorised access to your CCTV system.