Editor’s Note: This article was originally penned by Julie Fagan, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager at NetApp, on the NetApp Blog. Fagan sheds light on the importance of data protection in the face of hackers, specifically with regards to video surveillance data. In her article, she points out glaring vulnerabilities about which IT professionals should be vigilant and why a “zombie camera botnet” is a massive threat to anyone housing video surveillance data. Read below for her full insights on the matter:
Data has become the single most valuable asset for organizations and businesses around the world. Protecting data is top of mind for every IT professional and individual. No matter where that data comes from or where it resides, you have to be sure that it’s safe from unwanted intrusion, theft, or corruption.
Video surveillance data is no exception. All the video that’s being recorded 24/7 from thousands of cameras must be streamed and stored somewhere. Traditional IP-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) infrastructure can leave you open to threats and unwanted access up and down the data pipeline. Hackers can exploit security cameras and storage to access and corrupt video data or shut down entire systems.
Night of the Living DDoS
Recent DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have demonstrated that hackers can use your cameras to flood your infrastructure with bunk data and shut it down, in what security specialists have termed a “zombie camera botnet.” This is especially prevalent in video surveillance solutions that utilize unsecured cameras and NAS-based storage infrastructure on the back end of recording servers.
Although attacks of this nature are more common internally, using off-the-shelf equipment can even leave you open to attacks from external parties, hijacking your cameras as entry points into your organization’s file system over TCP/IP. With a little skill, anyone with the IP address can attach to those cameras and figure out a username and password, and they’re in.
In high-security environments where video surveillance footage is often used as evidence to track down intruders or lawbreakers, every millisecond counts. If a hacker can infiltrate your surveillance network through an exterior camera and destroy or manipulate video data, you risk losing critical evidence to aid law enforcement or prevent potential disasters.
Surviving the Zombie Botnet Apocalypse
Without a hardened, secure video surveillance solution that protects the full stack (cameras, networks, and storage), your data and your entire IT infrastructure are open to threats. NetApp’s video surveillance solution uses encrypted drives to provide an enterprise-grade, iron-clad storage infrastructure that protects your video data from the moment it’s recorded to when it comes out again for review and analytics.
Because our solution uses NetApp® E-Series systems built on secure SAN protocols, you don’t have to worry about your data being exposed over a publicly accessible network. The system is never visible to an IP network. Storage protocols are significantly more difficult to crack, giving you an extra layer of security for your video data that you don’t get with a NAS solution.
Don’t take the risk. Make sure your most valuable asset is protected and available whenever and wherever you need it. Do you want to learn more about how NetApp can help you keep your video surveillance data safe? Read this white paper to learn where you’re vulnerable and how NetApp can help.
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