Surveillance cameras have become a staple part of security. They are now essential parts of home and commercial security. These cameras are highly valued because they help give users a wider range of protection, which allows them to view all aspects of their home or business on one screen. In addition to this, one of its most valued features is the ability for recording and playback. Surveillance cameras allow users to view and record footage that might have transpired in their absence, and this is invaluable to security. These cameras aid in commercial loss prevention, burglary prevention, etc.
However, as technology continues to advance, the safeguards that are in place for surveillance cameras are gradually becoming obsolete. Most recently, a lot of foundational home security products have come under intense scrutiny because of their susceptibility to hacking, and surveillance cameras are no exception. But the future is not so bleak. As long as the vulnerabilities are understood, they can be protected against. There is no doubt that hacking will impact the way people view and use security cameras in the future, the only question is how?
In order to understand the way surveillance will be impacted by hacking, it is important to understand the vulnerabilities of surveillance cameras. Surveillance cameras have amazing benefits, and this is the reason why homeowners and business owners love to use them so much. It doesn’t matter whether these are professionally installed cameras or if they are DIY surveillance cameras. They allow people to keep their investments and belongings more secure. However, the fact that they are useful does not mean that they are impervious or perfect.
Surveillance cameras can actually be quite vulnerable to hacking, and criminals sometimes look to take advantage of these flaws. In order to allow for playback and storage, many surveillance cameras make use of DVR systems. In most cases, users will have to enable port forwarding on their DVR’s in order to be able to view the real-time footage. However, in order for port forwarding to work there needs to be an open point of access in a user’s firewall, which puts them in an extremely vulnerable position. If there is a weak point in your network security, it will be much easier for hackers to potentially access your camera.
Also, several security cameras are found to be vulnerable due to remote monitoring. In order for remote monitoring to occur, there has to be real-time streaming and an active Internet connection. Real-time streaming is usually governed by the rules of RTSP (real-time streaming protocol), but these protocols are not necessarily secure themselves. They are meant to govern the signals and data being transmitted between a user’s device and their surveillance equipment. However, because of insecure security protocols, hackers have the ability to manipulate these inbound signals and view people’s private security feeds.
Furthermore, surveillance cameras also face many security encryption challenges. There are a lot of factors that come into play when video footage is being accessed in real-time. It is hard to encrypt this data as well as ensure that it is still being received in pristine condition. As with many other security measures and devices, the actual security is normally sacrificed for the aesthetic. This is what can give hackers the necessary space they need to exploit security.
There are many solutions that users can take advantage of to make sure that their surveillance cameras are not a liability moving forward. If these issues are not rectified, they will greatly hinder the future of surveillance cameras. I personally believe that hacking could prove to be advantageous to the security camera industry because it will force the industry to make the necessary changes required to thwart hackers.
These potential future issues with surveillance cameras are nothing to be alarmed by. Like any security device, they will change with the times. However, users have to remain vigilant and aware so that hackers do not take advantage of them. Hacking will be a major driving force in the way surveillance pans out in the years to come, and we can only hope that the security camera industry remains as stringent as it is today.
Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert on locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.