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It is a little known fact that many other IP video systems are deployed without any firewall or additional security in place in order to protect the core corporate network, users are typically completely unaware of their resulting vulnerabilities.
A single IP camera deployed in an accessible place such as outside the building or the foyer, could provide a physical portal into the video system and potentially all core business systems – a carelessly implemented system which is accessible over the internet leaves the user open to “cyber crime” – especially if sensitive data is being transported using the same network.
Many integrators have “got around” the problem by creating IP video
systems which are completely separate and therefore cannot be
accessed from the corporate network – this could be perceived as
a a backward step and potentially a complete failure to integrate the
system into business operations.
You may ask the question - why would a user agree to this and why
would an integrator do it? There is a simple answer – time and cost. In
order to program IP cameras individually, create firewalls and VLANS
ensuring complete protection of the corporate network, the installation
time for the integrator and IT Manager are multiplied many times
over – an additional cost which does not seem tangible until there is a
problem. In most cases the additional programming required is simply
not done – leaving the user with a poor implementation that has a
lower chance of achieving the return on investment they wished for.
The importance of creating segregated video networks
In Retail and Banking it is a critical requirement due to transaction data security. Many don't allow video on their networks at all. Other users, such as Government, Institutional, Healthcare want HD video, but don't necessarily want a wholesale network upgrade in order to achieve more than 5pps update rate.
Achieve the best of both worlds - DM can provide HD video, which can be efficiently viewed on their corporate network without impacting negatively on other network traffic.
DM recognizes the issues related to securing an IP video system and in response have created a patented method which employs innovative design with standard IT industry protocols including: automatic port mapping to camera, zeroconf IP address allocation, dual IP addressing, automatic creation of firewalls and secure VLANS for the IP cameras. The system is called Closed IPTV and is inherent in all DM Network Video’s NetVu Connected IP Video products.
The critical benefit of Closed IPTV is that you can have your IP Video sytems completely protected from malicious threats – and still be able to access the system from the corporate network without creating any vulnerabilities as a result. The resounding feedback from IT people has been “that’s neat, we like that”. Ask your IT Manager or Director whether they would like to program 500 VLANs individually, one for each camera?