It’s a fact…  All networks and connected devices have vulnerabilities, and hackers look for these weaknesses as an opportunity to exploit your network.  Experienced hackers will use a variety of tools, programs and scripts to identify the weakness in your network – and when they do, the damage can be devastating. Common entry points include routers, switches, servers, PCs, and yes… even security-related devices!

Knowing this, it’s important that you take every precaution possible to prevent these criminals from compromising your network.  Here are just a few best practices for protecting your security recording device…  Believe it or not, studies prove that the majority of owners of a network or networked security device don’t follow one or more of these simple steps:

1) Properly configure your device

When installing your device, carefully follow the steps outlined in your user manual to minimize exposure.  Potential risks include non-secure default settings, misconfigured internet services or routing protocols.

2) Protect your password

Create a unique password for your device – NEVER use the default administration password.  Only share this password with trusted system administrators, and change regularly to minimize any unintended sharing.

3) Update your software, routinely

Manufacturers are constantly updating their software to address potential security threats.  Make sure that you execute all recommended upgrades as they are made available.

NOTE: Upgrading to the latest version of firmware will also allow you to take advantage of new features and functionality that has been added to the software since you purchased or last upgraded your product.

4) Establish a security policy

Every organization should have a written security policy in place that outlines the governance & routine maintenance of network and all connected devices.

Is your security device at risk?

To research potential security risks, or to verify that you’re using the latest (and most secure) security software, we provide the following resources:

  • Visit our current firmware page for latest releases, release notes and upgrade instructions
  • Search for your product online, and select the “Resources” tab for all related SW releases and release notes
  • Call our technical support team for assistance in performing the upgrade process