We live in an age of connected devices. Your refrigerator might phone home from time to time to report potential warranty issues to the manufacturer. Your thermostat can probably be programmed by wi-fi. You probably have at least a few wireless security cameras in your home. But can a security camera be a threat vector? Is the very device you’re trusting to ensure safety and security in your home or business a method that could be used to attack that security?
Wireless security cameras are not, inherently, a bad idea. As long as they’re monitored and have a continuous source of power, they offer a practical opportunity to keep an eye on places you weren’t able to watch in the past. They’re an important tool in the security toolkit. But as far as tools go, even screwdrivers come with warnings these days. Should your wireless cameras come with a warning, too? Forbes thinks so. They did an interesting piece on the potential for these cameras to be accessed by people who shouldn’t have access. One of the inherent problems is that people often either don’t change the default admin login to the camera, or they choose a password like “mypasswordissecure” and call it a day. That doesn’t cut it anymore.
There’s a search engine out there that will actually turn a security camera – wireless or just networked – into a threat. It’s called Shodan, and it crawls the internet seeking out devices that appear to have default logins enabled. It’s intended for security researchers, of course, but there is misuse from time to time The number of results turned up by a search for “webcam” or “daughter’s room” is shocking, and to many people terrifying. While we have no love for 4chan, it’s far from the darkest corner of the web. But we took note of a concerning thread addressing this very issue. We’ve screencapped it, in the interest of not giving that particular site a link.
We all know that there are people like that out there. Does the fact that they’re openly admitting to taking advantage of these obvious flaws speak ill of the camera manufacturers, the people taking advantage of them, the people failing to change default logins on their own cameras, or all of the above?
Here’s the inherent problem. If you don’t secure your electronic devices, all of them become risks. You need to engage in risk management and determining how a firm handles risk management is a crucial step to choosing a Florida Executive Protection firm. Torres Protection Group approaches risk management from a comprehensive perspective, helping to ensure the safety and security of you and your family. Secret Service experience and training has contributed that comprehensive security risk management theory, which means that by working with Torres Protection Group you’re working with the best executive protection firm in Florida. Nowhere else do you get the same training, experience, and security.
We don’t write commentary on issues like this to strike fear into the hearts of individuals. We take note of large-scale security and safety concerns like this one to help ensure that individuals both understand and are prepared to handle the level of risk and the sort of threats that are out there. If you don’t have a full-time IT department for your home, it may never have crossed your mind that your security cameras are a threat vector. You shouldn’t have to. That’s why executive protection exists, so that you can focus on your life and your business and leave the threat analysis to professionals with decades of experience and training.
To find out more about potential threat vectors you may not have considered and how executive protection can benefit you and your family, contact Torres Protection Group.
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