Remote Access (Port Forwarding, DDNS, P2P, VPN) Usage Statistics 2021

By Ethan Ace, Published Sep 27, 2021, 09:55am EDT

With new Dahua and Hikvision critical vulnerabilities this month, it raises the question of what integrators are doing for remote access? Port forwarding puts devices at high risk, how many are using that vs other approaches including P2P and VPNs?

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In this note, we examine statistics from ~200 integrator responses and examine the trends they reveal.

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*** ******** *** **** 2021 ******* ***:

*** ****** ****** ** video ************ *******, **** do *** ********* ***** for ********* (*.*. **** Forwarding, ****, ***, ***, etc.)? ***?

** ******** ********** (***********), ** *** *** include *** **** '**** forwarding' ** *** ********. The ********* ** **** option *** ** **** confirms *********** **** ********** usage *********.

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*** ******* *** *** overall ******, ****** *********** are **** **** ****** split ***** ***** ***** options **** **** *****.

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***** *****, ***'* ****** trend ***** **** ** obvious. *******, ***** **** forwarding ******* ************* **** 2017 ** ****, ** remained ****** **** **** to ****, **** *** losing ***** ** ***.

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Port ********** ***** *******

**** **********, **** */*** of *********** ***** ********* use **** ********** ***** is * *******. **** forwarded ******* *** ******* to *** ****** ******** and **** *************** *** found (**** *** *** Dahua *** ********* ****), hackers *** ****** **** the ******** *** ****** these *******.

VPN **** ******

*** **** ****** ****** for ********* **** *** that ** *** *** most ****** ******, **** better ******* *** ******* of *** *** ****** to *** ************ *******.

  • "*** ****** ** ******* multiple ****** ** ********. While **** ***** ** not **** *********, ****** to *** ******* ******* is **** *********. ***** servers ***** **** ** other **-**** **** ******* which *** ******** *** analytics."
  • "*** *** **** ** our ******** ***** ** deal **** * **** deal ** ****** *** private *******. *** **** secure *** ****** *** to ****** ***."
  • "*** ****** *** **** customer ****** ******* *** However, ** ** *** recommend *** **** ** all ********. ******* **** camera ******* ****** *** network ****** ******* **** to ******."
  • "** ********* **** ** large ********** ******* ** if *** ******** ****** remote ****** ** ** almost ****** *** ***."
  • "*******, ** ********* ** our ********* *** ** open ***** ****** ** outside ****** ******* ** security. *** *** ******* mentioned ***** *** ****-******** risks *** ***** ** any ********, ****** *** which ** *** ******* choice ** *** ******** insists ** ****** ****** access."
  • "*** ***** * ******** firewall ** ** **** governement ********* **** *** want *** **** ****** way ** ****** *********"
  • "***. ******* ** *** VPN **** * ************* firewall ** ********* * secure ********** ****** ** to ** *********** **** the ********'* ******** **************. If ** **** ** manage *** ************* ** the ********'* ******** ******, we **** **** ** provide *****-***** ******* *** a *****-***** *******."
  • "********* **** ** ***** by *** ********'* ** team ****** **** ***** a **** ** *** scope ** ****. ***** remote ****** ** ****** it's ******* **** ********* over ***** ********* ***."
  • "*** ******, ********* ******* a ********** ********* ** they ***'* ******* **** a ****** ******** ********* in ***** *******. **** are ********** **** ** setup *** ***** **** better ********** **** **** forwarding *******."
  • "***, ********* *** **** comfortable **** **** ****** and ********* ******* **** a *** ** *****"
  • "*** ** *** **** as ** *** ****** inside *** ** ************** and ******** ******* *** supported **** **** ***********."
  • "*** - ** ** Homeland ******** ******** *** requirement ** ***"
  • "*** **** ** *** customer **** **** *** is ***** **** ******
  • "********* *** *** * more ****** *******."
  • "*** - ********* ** CUSOMTERS *** **** ******"
  • "***. **** ******."
  • "*** *** ********* ******** purposes."
  • "***, ** ** ****** and ******."
  • "*** *** ********. ****** already ****** *** ****** access"
  • "***. ***** ******* ****** & ******* ********."
  • "*** ******* ** ******** it **** *** **********"
  • "***, ** *** **** secure ***"

Port **********/**** ********

**** ********** *** **** were ****** **** ******, with ***** ********* ****** the ********** ** **** forwarding ******** ** ******* up * *** *** reliability ******** ** ***.

  • "**** **********. **** ** install ***** ** ****** a ****** ******** *** we ****** ** ****** control **** ** *** router's ******** ** **** allow ******* ******* **** known *********."
  • "**** **** **** **********. In **** ***** ** also ***** **** ** certain ** *********. **** limits *** ******** **** and ** *** ******* way ** **** *** remote ****** ****."
  • "**** ********** - **'* very ****** *** ****. Customers ** *** ********** anything ***********"
  • "**** **********. **** ***** for ** ** **** of *** ******* *** low ******** ******* - like * ***** *****. Higher ******** *** ****** clients **** *** **** forwarding, *** ** ***** it ** **** ** do ** **** ***** IT ****** *** ******** per ***** *** ******** polices."
  • "**** ********** - ******* it ** ****. ** always **** ** **** to ******** ** *********. Alternatively ***"
  • "**** ********** ** *** client ************ **** *** requires * ****** *******-*** with ***** ******, *** they *** **** ***** of ******* ************."
  • "**** ********** *** **** Many ******** ***** ** cost ****** **** ********. We ******* **** ** vulnerability, *** **** ***** DDNS"
  • "*** ****** ***** ******** customers: **** **********, **** Because **** ***'* ******* have ** ** ****"
  • "**** ********** - *******, smoothest *********** **** ********* want. *** ******* *** on ********* ****. ******* DDNS ** **** **** static ** ** *** on *******."
  • "**** ********** *** **** depending ** *** ****** and ************** ** *** client."
  • "**** *******, ***** ** work *** ****. ***** stuff ** *** ** miss."
  • "**** **********. ******* ****'* the *** *'** **** doing ** *** **** years."
  • "**** **********. **'* *** I've ****** **** **."
  • "**** **********. ***** ** work ****** **** ****** I *******. ********* **** but *** **** ** most ***** *** *********"
  • "**** **********. **'* ****."
  • "****. *** ******* ** is *** **** ******** method ** ****** ************."
  • "**** - ****** *** often ****"
  • "****, **** *******."

P2P *******/******** ********

*******, ***** **** *********** who ********* **** **** forwarding *** **** *** did *** ***** *** for ******* *** ******** concerns, ** **** **** there *** ** *** to ****** *** *** access ** *****.

  • "**** *******, ** ****** to *** *** *** going ******* * ****** server ***** **** ** the ***** ** ** China. ** ** **** forwarding *** ******* **** a ********* ****** ** for *** ******** ******* or ******** **** ***** in *** ******* ** isolate *** ********* **** the **** ** *** network. **** *** **** of *** ********** ** the ******** **** ****** or ******* **."
  • "*** ****** *** **** customer ****** ******* *** However, ** ** *** recommend *** **** ** all ********. ******* **** camera ******* ****** *** network ****** ******* **** to ******."

P2P ****** **** ***/**** ****** **** **** **********

***** ********** *** **** it *** ****** **** setting ** * *** but ***** **** ****** than **** ********** *** DDNS.

  • "*** ********** ***** ** to *** * ***** software ****** **** ** has * ***** ***** element **** *** ****** or *** *** ******* to ******* ** **** Avigilon, ******, ******* *****, Digital ******** ***. *****. The ****** ****** ** VPN. ******* ********** ** a ******* ***** ******* are ********* *** ****** outbound ********** **** *** VMS ******, ***** ** the **** ******. *** is * ***** ******. I ***** ***** *** DDNS/Port **********."
  • "** *** ****** ***** remote ******, ** **** typically *** * ***** enabled ***. ** **** also ** *** *******, but **** ** ***** IT ********** ** ***** to ******* **. ** for **** ** *** want ** ** *********** for ******** ***** ** a ******** ******* *** that ***** *** ******** alternatives."
  • "** *** * ************* Cloud ****.... ******* ******** / **** *** ** help *** ****** ***** their *** ******... ** do *** ******* ** change/ ***** ******** ******* firewalls ********* *** *** liability *******."
  • "***. ** **** **** using * *** ** WAVE (******* *****) ****** so ** **** *** WAVE ****. ** ***** a *** ******* *** patience ** ** **** forwarding ** ***** ******* networks ** ** *** to ***** ***** ****** requested."
  • "*** ******* **** ********** isn't ** *** ******* I **** ** **** access ** * ****** and **** ** ********* more *********. *** ******* more ******** ** ** setup *** **** **** on ****. *** *** is *** ******** * have *****"
  • "***** ** *** ******* have **** ** ***** link ******* ****** ** we ****** ****. ** keeps ** **** ****** to **** **** **** forwarding *************. ** *** not ** ****** ** typically **** **** ***** a *********** ** **** and **** ********** ********* on *** ********."
  • "*** *********. ***** ** started ***** *** ******* platform, ** ** ****** need ** *** ** any **** ** **** forwarding ** ***. ** any *** ************ ***** to ** ****, *** customer's ** ********** ******* that *** **."
  • "** **** *** ****. So, * ***** **** a *** *******, *** transversal **********, *** ***** proxy **********. ** **** not *** **** **********. VPN ** ****** *********** for *** ***********."
  • "***. ** ******* ** mostly ********* ***** *** the *** **** ****** so ******. ** **** feel **** **'* * little **** ****** **** port **********. ** **** discussed ***** ******** **** many ******* *** **** isn't ********* ** *** vertical ** **** ****."
  • "** *** ****, **** forwarding *** *** ** to. ** *** ******* many *** ******** *** behind *****, *** ****** access ** ** ****** possible. *** ******** ****** to ****** *** ** used. ** ** ******* access ** *** **********, we **** ***** ****** a ****** **** *** be ********* **** ***"
  • "** **** ** ** DDNS **** **** ********** for **********, ** ** gave ** *** **** control **** *** ******* for ****** *******. ** also ********* * *** of ******* ***** ***** time *** ******* ******** providers ** *** * new ******, ***** * guess ******* ***** *** as * **** *****. But *** **'** ******** to ****** ***, ** it ** **** ******** from * ******* **********, even ****** ** ****** our ****** ** *** backend *** ****** *******."
  • "****** ** **** **** only ***** *** ************ provided ***** *******. ****** and ******* **** ******* secure ***** ****** ** on **** *******"
  • "***. ** ** ********* the **** ****** **** works *** **. **** access *** ** *********."
  • "**** ****** ** *** based ***** ******* **** uses *** ******** ** punch * ********** ******** from *** ****** ****."
  • "****** ****** ****** ******** by *** ************."
  • "*** **** ** *** time. ****** *** ********** secure."

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**** *********** ********* **** the ****** ****** ****** selected ******** ** *** customer. **** ***** **** was ****** **** ** VPN *** **** ******* corporate ** ********** ********* and *** ** **** forwarding *** ******* ** residential *********.

  • "******* ** *** ******. Enterprise ***** ********* ** set ** ** * private **** *** *** whole ******. *********** ******* tend ** **** **** forwarding ** * *********** DDNS *****."
  • "******* ** *** ********, usually **** ********** ******** by *** ** **** forwarding ** *** ********."
  • "********* ** ********* *****, network *************, ***** *******,** those ************ *** ******** that ******* * **** amount ** *********, *** networks *** ** ****, in ****** ** **** more ******** ** *** networks ** *** ****"
  • "*** ** **** ********* on ********* **********. *** security ** *** ** preferred, *** **** ** not **** *** *******, or **** *** *********."
  • "***. ******* ** ********, their ******* *** ****** capability. *** ** ********* on ********* ********. **** or *** *** ***** commercial *** ***********."
  • "******* ** *** ****** High ******** ****** *** VPN *** *** ***** security ***** *** **** Forwarding ** ***** ****** network."
  • "******* ** ****** ******* setup. **** ********** ** cases ***** * **** the *** **** ** updated ********. *** ****** due ** **********. **** common ** *** ***** cloud ******* **** **** the ******** ** ***** a ********** ******** **** the ****** ****."

Port ********** **** *******

******* *** ***** ** putting ******* ******** ** the ******** (*.*., ****** critical********************************), **** ********** ***** remains **********, ******* **** devices ********** ** ********. While ** ****** *** usage ** ******** ** grow ** **** *****/**** add ******-********** ***** ******, many *********** **** **** performance ** *** ** reliable ** **** ********** and **** *** ***** remains *** ******* *** their ***********. ***** ******* solve ***** ****** ** improve ********** ********** ** their *********, **** ********** is ****** ** ****** a ***** **** ** surveillance.

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**** ********* ** *** so **** **** ********** still ** ***. *********** that *** ** **** and ********* **** ** many *************, ** ** more ****** *** ** most ***** ****** ** set **, * ******** to **** **** **** Forwarding ******** ** ***.

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**** ** ** ** likely *********** ******, *.*.,*** '**** **' '***** And ****** ******' - Hikvision ******* **** ************* ***** ** *********'* docs ************* **** *** has *********** ********* ******** to **** **********.

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***** **** ** *** nasty **** ***** ******.

****** ***** ***** * million*********, *** ***** *.* million************ ** ** *****.

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***** * ***** *** to *** **** ********** is *** * ***** idea, ******** *** ** both ***** ** *** really * ******** **** for * *** **** / ******* ** ** department ********.

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******** ***? ** *** mean ******** **** *** can ******* ** * certain **** ******* ** the ********? * ***** the ****** *** **** is ****** **** ** because ** *** ************* of ****** ** *** IP ********* *** **** someone ***** ** ******* from * *** ** (whether **'* * ******* IP ******* ******** ** a ****** ********** **** a *** ********, ***.). Does **** **** ***** or ** * **************** your *****?

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*** ***** ***** *****, but * ***'* ***** it's ** ********** ** practice. **** *****, * was * ******* *** before ****.

* *** ****** **** the **** ********** ****** be ******* ** *** source ** ** *** Integrator's ** *****. **** as * *** *** pop ********** *** ****** have **** **** ** Business ***** ******** *******. All ** *** ***** carriers ***** *** ****** of ******* * ****** IP **** ******** ***** service *** * ******* fee. **** ** *** larger ************* **** **** you * ****** /** or ******** ********** ** that ***'** *** ******* to * ****** ** address. **** ** *** integrator *****'* **** *** on **** ******* ** have * ****** *** whatever ******, ***** ********* also ***** *** ******* for ****** ** **********. A ****** **** *** setup ** **** **** would ***** ********, *******, and ***** **** ** the ****** **** **** article *** *** ****** back ***** *** ***** ADT *****.

*****, ***** * ******* guy * ***** **** make **** ****** ** the *********** ** ** the ******** *******, *** depending ** ***** **** they ***** *** ** able ** **** ***** cameras ** * ******** network, ** **** * segmented **** ** ***** own ******* ** ****'** just ******* * ****** flat ****.

************ *** ******** ** bit, *** ********** ****** shouldn't **** ** ****** the **** ** ****** IPs **** ****'** ****** from ****** *** ****** ISPs (*** ***'* **** their *** /** ** bring **** ****) ** don't **** **** ****** basic ***** *** ** on ***** ****.

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*** *** *** ******** it ** *** ***** or ** ********* ** a ******** ******** ** whomever ***** ** ***** the ****** ** *** road **** *** *****? That's *** **** ********* problem * ***'* *** feasible ** ******* **** limiting *** **** ** ranges *****, ** ****** travel, ** ********* **** change *************, ********* ** location, ***.

*** *******, *** ***** connects ** **** ** a ****** ****, ***** to ******* ** ****** but ** *** ******* because *** ** ******* range ** *** ****** shop ** *** ********, etc. ********?

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* **** **** ** some ****, ****** ******** to *** ********'* *******, on *** **********'* *******, or **** ***** ********. Much ****** ** ****** a ******** **** **** as * *** **** thing **** ** ***** be ** *** ** and ********** * ********'* VPN, ********** ** **** don't **** *** ** staff ** ** **** to ****** **.

** *** ******** (********/*********/******** owner) ***'* ******* ** do ********* **** **** there's ** *** ****'** going ** **** * damn ***** ******* ******** anyways *** * ***'* really *** **** ** willing ** *** **** a *** ** ***** phones **** **** **** to *** ***** ******* on * ****.

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***** ***** ********* ***** the *********** ** *********.

** *** ***** *** company *** ***** *** redirect *******?

*** ***** ***** *********? (ADT ***** ** ****)

*** ***** *** **** center, ** ** ******? Is ** ** ***** or **** ****** ** others?

***** = ******* ****'* computer.

*** *** ****** *** are ** * ******** network (** ****), *** only ** *** ****** doesn't **** *** **** the *****. *** ********, a ******* ***** *** doesn't **** ** ******* watches ***** ********* ** see *** **********. ** an ********** ******** ** utility.

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***** ***** ********* ***** the *********** ** *********.

*** = *** ********** of ********* - ***** you ****** ****** *** all *********** ** *** vendor *** ***** *****, I **** ******** ***** for ** *********, **** come ***** ** **.

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******, *** ***** *** trust * *** ******? Any *** **** *** would ** ********* ** its ******** *** ***************?

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********** *****, ** **** always ** **** * 3rd ***** ******** ******, AKA *****.

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*** ****** **** ** security **** ***** ********* : ** ******* !***** *** *** ****** at ******** ******** **** several ***** ********** :

*. ****** ****** ******** LAN *** ***** ************

*. **** ********** ****** can ****** **** ******* , ****** *** ** logged

*. ** **** **** you **** **, **, 50+ ** ******* , you *** ****** ********** *** ** ****

*. *** *** *** own **** ****** ***** can **** ** * service ** * *** router

*.**** ***** ****** **** , *** ******* ** allow ****** ******* ****** to **** ***** ************ during *** **** **** the **** ********** ** not ******* (**. **-**) .

**** ***** ** **** of ***** ****** ******** , ** ******** ** receiving ** *-**** **** power ** ******** ** the ****** , *** best ***** ************ *** employees ** *** ******* center ** ******** *** procedure ** ******** *** recording ******* .

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**** ********** ****** *** access **** *******…

****** **** **** *** camera ***’* ******** **** the ****** ** ****…

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***** !!!

******* ******* **** ****** this ******** ***** .

**** , ****** *** , **** *** **** .

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: ** ******* !

**** ** *** *** Chinese ******* ** ** home ******* *** *** up **** * **** nic'd ** ******* ******** to **** ****.

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