Cyber Security: The Fundamentals 

Enhancing cybersecurity against both external and internal threats has become paramount globally, and this imperative extends to video surveillance systems. Within this domain, two pivotal areas of focus have been identified: Asset Management and Access Management. Asset Management pertains to the comprehensive oversight and safeguarding of surveillance infrastructure, ensuring that all hardware and software components are accounted for, up-to-date, and protected against vulnerabilities. Access Management involves controlling and monitoring who can interact with the surveillance system, enforcing stringent authentication and authorization protocols to prevent unauthorized access and potential breaches.

For security partners involved in the deployment and management of surveillance installations, understanding and addressing these key focus areas is crucial. In Asset Management, this includes the implementation of robust inventory tracking, regular firmware updates, and vulnerability assessments to maintain the integrity and functionality of the surveillance assets. In Access Management, it involves deploying advanced identity verification mechanisms, role-based access controls, and continuous monitoring of access logs to detect and respond to any suspicious activities promptly. By prioritizing these aspects, security partners can significantly enhance the resilience and reliability of video surveillance systems in the face of evolving cyber threats.

ASSET MANAGEMENT:

  1. Update firmware versions for every camera.
  2. In your VMS, update camera drivers to the latest version.
  3. Disable any built-in camera admin accounts or change the passwords.
  4. Ensure all cameras only allow HTTPS.
  5. Keep your Windows operating system updated.

ACCESS MANAGEMENT:

  1. Create user credentials for each person with VMS access.
  2. Ensure your VMS server is in a secure location.
  3. Limit the number of people with access to your server room.
  4. Limit the number of people with admin rights for servers.

Bringing Cyber Security Full Circle

TCG 2.0, or Trusted Computing Group 2.0, is a critical advancement in cyber security, enhancing the resilience and integrity of modern computing environments. This standard defines robust security mechanisms, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), which provide hardware-based cryptographic operations and secure key storage. By ensuring that cryptographic keys and other sensitive data are isolated from the rest of the system, TCG 2.0 mitigates the risk of unauthorized access and tampering. The implementation of TCG 2.0 is particularly vital in protecting against sophisticated cyber threats, including firmware attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs), by ensuring that devices can securely boot and verify the integrity of their operating environment.

Arxys servers incorporate TCG 2.0 as a foundational security feature, embedding TPMs directly into the hardware. This integration ensures that every Arxys server benefits from enhanced security measures right out of the box. By leveraging TPMs, Arxys servers can perform secure boot processes, attest to the integrity of the system, and manage encryption keys with high assurance. This built-in security framework not only safeguards the servers against various attack vectors but also simplifies compliance with industry standards and regulations. Consequently, organizations deploying Arxys servers can trust that their data and operations are protected by cutting-edge security technologies designed to counter evolving cyber threats.

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