Why Physical Security Practitioners Need to Care About Cybersecurity
From "Why Physical Security Practitioners Need to Care About Cybersecurity"
Campus Safety Magazine (04/16/2018) Hattersley-Gray, Robin
Law enforcement officials, traditional security, and emergency management professionals, who are more accustomed to being responsible for physical safety and security, are just as vulnerable to cybersecurity threats as anybody else. In fact, traditional security professionals may be even more exposed because they rely on so many devices that are connected to the Internet, including security cameras, communications equipment, access control, fire systems, and intrusion detection solutions. University of Denver professor Chuck Davis recently spoke about the importance of cybersecurity, as well as the devices and systems that could be vulnerable if a hospital, school, or university does not take the necessary steps to make their Internet-connected equipment more secure. Video surveillance systems are essentially computer systems, and users must apply cybersecurity best practices, or risk making these systems vulnerable to attack. Once video surveillance equipment or any other computer is compromised, it could be a pivot point for a bad actor to try to attack other systems, install ransomware, or exfiltrate sensitive data, according to Davis. Cybersecurity teams should be monitoring traffic, looking for intrusions or other suspicious activity in those networks, as well as the networks that have laptops, desktops, and servers.