Cameras can be at risk of cyber-attacks due to outdated firmware.
According to new research* conducted by Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), one of our technology partner of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence, as many as 68.4%—or almost 7 out of 10—cameras are currently running out of date firmware. showed that outdated camera firmware, and failing to change default passwords present some of the biggest weaknesses in cybersecurity defence. As the number of interconnected security devices keeps on growing, keeping pace with the latest updates can be tricky and very time-consuming.
Installing the latest firmware is not just about accessing exciting new features, warns Genetec. It ensures the latest cybersecurity protection measures are implemented as soon as they become available, a crucial step in ensuring an organization’s resilience against cyber-attacks.
The research also showed that nearly 1 in 4 organizations (23%) fail to use unique passwords, relying instead on the same password across all cameras from the same manufacturer, leaving an easy point of entry for hackers once only one camera has been compromised.
Until recently, IP cameras came with default security settings, including admin login information that is often publicly available on the manufacturers’ websites. While most camera manufacturers now request users to set up a new password and admin credentials at installation, businesses, cities and government organizations with older equipment never updated their passwords, potentially compromising the other critical data and systems that reside on their network.
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