Security

Connected Physical Security Devices – The Trojan Horse for Cyber Attacks

Last year, we estimated that world expenditure on Physical Security products was $28Bn. Our latest report on Cyber Security shows that of some 10 building technology elements, physical security products were perceived as having the highest risk to cyber security threats. Causing the greatest level of concern here are video cameras, given the recent hacking of huge numbers of surveillance cameras, which were exploited by the Mirai virus and used in DDoS attacks. When compromised smart building devices can have a profound impact on our physical surroundings and could allow a malicious actor to cause severe damage without having physical access to the building. You have to wonder... why spend some $28Bn on security products and so little on protective measures to prevent cyber attacks? The attacker’s motivation & objectives are rarely to compromise the physical security or building management system but to use it as the Trojan Horse to gain entry into corporate networks. […]

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