11 Best Practices for CCTV Security System Installation
Installation of a security camera system for protecting your business or commercial property will help to see an entire property at glance from a smartphone/system for preventing crime even before it stops. Coming in a variety of image resolutions, integration capabilities, and use cases, business security cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors. With proficiencies of panning, tilting, and zooming for much broader coverage, businesses can now help catch perpetrators and also reveal system vulnerabilities. This article is aimed at acknowledging the best practices for both internet-connected security cameras and physical security systems. With the increasing demand for security camera systems for remote video access, the systems that are being available in the market range from cloud-managed surveillance systems, traditional DVR/VMS/NVRs connected to the internet, and traditional systems connected to a local network and internet too. Increasing cyber-attack scenarios, we at TERAIT's CCTV Solutions ensure our team of physical security integrators and support staff for keeping updated and well informed of camera video management systems and security vulnerabilities.
Following are the Eleven Best Practices for CCTV Security System Installation Across Your Business Premises:
Planning is the Key
Before planning over technicalities over the installation of security systems, start with planning for making installation much easier for fitting the systems to the property's security requirements. Making a security checklist and assessing current security status compile security vulnerabilities and identify key access points. All this information will ensure the determination of the size and type of security system that will address the requirements. Wired security camera systems come with the necessary cabling and can impact the type of security system that is to be installed. When DVR CCTV systems need coaxial cables and will deliver degraded image quality after 300ft/90m, NVR Systems use high-quality cables, resulting in seamless functionality with no signal loss.
Apt CCTV Camera Placement
The optimal placement of security camera placement should be respective to the property. While placing security cameras interior or exterior, the main tip is for focusing on specific areas of interest. Going through security assessment and the different ways to access the building, and any blind spots can help in the placement of multiple cameras for capturing specific areas. Installing the security camera at a downward angle for accurate motion detection will be enough with a wide-angle dome camera. Cameras covering the front door and backdoors or any other potentially enterable routes are advisable. Maintaining security coverage across all access points will ensure alert in event of attempts to property entering. Following are the guidelines for appropriate CCTV camera placement:
- Eliminate backlighting and lens flare from the sun, security light, or street light in causing pale, white images in security footage by placing security footages away from direct sunlight.
- Mount the security camera out of reach for avoiding intruders easily break or disarm it. This can also be also helpful in the easy identification of intruders.
- Check whether every CCTV camera gets ample wi-fi signal. Installation of a wifi extender for ensuring the same is also a good choice for optimization of the signal.
- Beware of privacy implications and surveillance laws of the county, state, and country for avoiding privacy invasion is a good choice.
Avoiding CCTV Security System to be a Gateway for Cyber Attacks
With the inclusion of internet connectivity into traditional security camera systems for remote accessing & controlling, integration, and minimum cloud storage costs, cyber-attacks are on the rise. Traditional CCTV Security can bring liabilities that pose great risks for companies. Thus it is critical for businesses to assure the same level of attention and protection against cybersecurity vulnerabilities of the traditional IT systems.
Comprehensive Awareness of Physical Security Integrators
Keeping physical security integrators well informed of the cybersecurity attack vectors can impact the camera video management systems. Major cyberattack vectors for surveillance camera systems include Windows OS, Linux OS, DVRs, NVRS, VMS, Endpoints (Cameras), and Firewall ports. This will enable businesses to skillful deploy result-oriented techniques for protecting surveillance systems against them.
Choosing the Ideal Surveillance System Type
Businesses have two choices of either having a cloud video surveillance management system or a traditional system. The traditional system is either DVR, NVR, or VMS, with an internet connection, with the notion of remote video access. Whereas a Cloud Management system with an onsite device for recording and management of videos from the cloud. The differences between these two setups have impacting and distinctive features and functions. With optimum level distinction, businesses can apply cybersecurity measures by choosing which will fit their nature of operations.
Strong Camera Passwords
Camera passwords are an obvious security measure to discuss and most businesses still use easy-to-hack passwords. Every camera nowadays with a web-based graphical user interface (GUI), whose default username and password are already published on the internet. Businesses must change these default passwords for avoiding security vulnerabilities before encouraging anyone to hack into the camera via the web GUI. Assigning unique and long non-obvious passwords for cameras can be a meticulous task that needs efficient administration and harder tracking. In the case of a public network, use varied and strong passwords for each camera, and for VLAN or Physical Private Networks, using the same strong password for all cameras will be appropriate.
Using SSL or Equivalent Connection Equipment
DVR/NVR/VMS CCTV's that use connections apart from SSL or equivalent poses the risk of password vulnerability and become potential for privacy and breaches. Use SSL or equivalent connections to avoid this problem and ensure the cloud service provider uses the same.
Unencrypted videos when stored or in transit will lead to privacy risks. For optimum secure systems, it should be encrypted, both when it is stored on disk and when it is in transit.
Enabling Mobile Access Without Security faults
With mobile access capability, businesses will have to deal with passwords, account deletion, and encryption vulnerabilities. While running the application on centralized systems, businesses must ensure encrypted connection for a mobile application over iPhone or Android to the VMS or NVR/DVR. Developing high-quality passwords and driving password enforcement and account deletion with each change in professionals can ensure optimum protection.
Secure Equipment &Storage
Secure cabinets and cables related to DVR/NVR/VMS, switches, and video storage servers with access controls and video security. This practice not only assures the networks but also facility thefts. With a cloud-based management system, businesses can ensure protection over premise equipment. Acknowledgment of general security measures can also come in handy.
Up-to-date Video Recording Software
Using a lot of components beyond the operating system and within it must be upgraded and made secure. Outdated supporting software and security patches will lead to newer security vulnerabilities. Updating the system for avoiding such vulnerabilities with time to time checking and installation of regular updates will avoid breaches to the maximum. With cloud management systems, the whole vulnerability of software vulnerabilities is nullified.
Stated above are the best practices for CCTV Security Installation procedures. Choosing the right measures for undertaking business security camera system installation, is quite challenging, with respect to the scale of the system and the requirement of cabling. With improper security camera installation, businesses fail to provide protection to the whole business facility. To be on the safe side, it is better for businesses for partnering with an ideal service provider such as TERAIT's CCTV solutions. We ensure effective installation and maintenance of camera systems for the best possible functioning. With CCTV experts to make sure cameras are positioned at the right angles, we provide safe and effective security camera installation without any kind of fail. Executing installations and running cables to prevent any future accident or installations TERAIT's solutions lets your business enjoy CCTV competence at its best.