Network Communications News (NCN) December 2016 - Page 22

S P E C I A L F E AT U R E IP security Unprotected systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks. CCTV cameras – security device or cyber risk? James Wickes, CEO of Cloudview, takes a view. C James Wickes, CEO and cofounder of Cloudview, warns smart cameras may not be so smart. CTV cameras are a familiar sight in public places, business premises and social housing, designed to protect people, premises and assets. They are also currently the most common ‘thing’ connected to the Internet, so rather than intelligent fridges or controllable heating systems, at present the IoT is largely populated by smart cameras. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many CCTV systems are extremely vulnerable to cyber attack. Some lack even the most basic security prot