Due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, many businesses are seeing a reduced onsite workforce. With less staff at your business office, there are fewer deterrents for unwanted or criminal activity. There has been a rising trend in businesses of all sizes investing in physical security to prevent this. Unfortunately, many security cameras have joined the growing list of banned devices from Chinese manufacturers. If you’re considering investing in a security camera, take a moment to learn how to ensure your device won’t hinder your business.
You might remember back in 2019 when the U.S. government banned Huawei smartphones and devices due to Huawei “engaging in activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interest.” While Huawei makes a wide range of products, most people noticed the ban because Huawei was very competitive in the smartphone market. Since the ban, they have become virtually non-existent in the U.S. market and consumers with Huawei products have found themselves without support.
Now Hikvision, Dahua, ZTE Corp., and Hytera Communications Corp., find themselves in a similar position as Huawei before them; on the wrong side of the U.S. government. Once again, Chinese-produced devices are objects of concern due to worries over threats to our national security and personal privacy. For those who aren’t aware, Hikvision and Dahua are the top producers of security cameras and potentially present a business risk for those relying on such products.
This can extend far beyond where the device is manufactured too. You want your security devices to be…well, secure. Earlier this year, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Amazon’s Ring camera service because hackers were able to gain access to some of their security cameras.
There is growing evidence that Chinese-based security cameras are or can be used for malicious activity, causing the U.S. government to ban the use or sale of certain devices. It’s disconcerting to know that your business could be surveilled by camera’s with hidden backdoors or other exploits possibly accessible by foreign actors. One independent industry advocate, IPVM, has collated a graphical listing of all the banned companies (click links to see images): Image 1, Image 2.
Despite the concerns Chinese-based security cameras bring, there is no denying that security cameras play an important role in business security. This is particularly true as businesses continue to operate with a reduced workforce. Here are three ways a secure security camera benefits your business.
While the main benefit of Chinese-made security cameras is their price point, this benefit often comes at the cost of security which isn’t something that should be taken lightly. If you aren’t certain you can find more security-conscious security cameras, we can help. While there are other options, most vendors will point you in the direction of Chinese-made security cameras regardless of the risk to your data security. We believe that cybersecurity is the biggest risk your business faces, and won’t compromise your security to save a few dollars.
As South Dakota’s security camera experts, we can help you sort through the technical jargon regarding your options and make sure your security camera is safe for your business. If you’re considering installing security cameras at your place of business, give us a call at 888-891-4201 to ensure your business is protected, and your data is secured.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.