5 Experts Express Role of Standards in Video Surveillance

As surveillance systems move to the Cloud and customers become increasingly concerned over privacy, it’s integral integrators take the proper precautions.

Privacy protection practices, regionalized regulations, cybersecurity and encryption are among the imperative remote video surveillance issues that today’s security systems integrators must keep top of mind. Imbibe here words of wisdom from industry experts on these topics.

▶ “I think the regional data protection regulations are here to stay and are evolving quickly. We’ve been talking about it for a couple of years now, and it’s no longer things that something that people are preparing for — it’s now. It’s no longer just ‘Have you thought of GDPR? What about the California EPA? It’s a barrier to entry. The manufacturers need to keep that in mind and help out the customers and the SIs need to also guide customers into a proper risk mitigation plan. Customers now realize how important it is to protect private data and they know that they can receive significant fines for noncompliance. Privacy, security, data protection, they all go together. If you’re going to build your system properly with encryption, privacy, authentication layers, then you’ll already be halfway there for the GDPR and other regulations.” — Laurent Villeneuve, Product Marketing Manager, Genetec

▶ “In general, cybersecurity is reactive. You should always plan and accommodate for all known security methods. However, hackers are working every day to find new exploits, so teams must be prepared to adjust and adapt to new threats. Other ways to address this is by using a gateway to connect devices to Cloud services that reduces the risk of the overall footprint of connected devices.” — Troy Wideman, Regional Marketing Manager – North America, Bosch Security and Safety Systems

▶ “Cloud-based video is a ‘closed network’ which protects cyber networks because it removes any video interaction with the onsite network. There are no passwords to have from the cameras, because cameras ‘phone home’ directly to the Cloud and have no interaction with the onsite cyber network. — Kyle McAdams, Director of Marketing, Kastle Systems

▶ “The video surveillance industry is yet to evolve its own universally accepted data security and privacy standards, which it should. But it’s critical for the industry to adopt established cybersecurity best practices and comply with standard data security and privacy standards. There’s been an immense amount of work done from both a policy and a technology standpoint on data security and privacy, and companies in this industry need to take advantage of this. Two absolute must security technologies are data encryption, to prevent data from being siphoned off by bad actors, and access control functionality, to ensure the right people have the right access to the right information. — Satish Raj, CTO, Pro-Vigil

▶ “When it comes to security systems that process personal data, the safety and security of that data must come first. Building owners and operators need to continue to closely monitor that all regulatory requirements for certifications and compliance guidelines are met, while also keeping the quality of products in mind. It’s important to remember the intent should be to use technologies to prevent a security incident from happening — not to store personal data. At Honeywell, we thoughtfully integrate privacy by design into all product and service offerings. It’s important that end users, as the controllers of the data, follow applicable regulations and work with their internal teams to align on how their internal processes and procedures as well as industry best practices.” — Deepak Kaul, Global Video Offering Leader, Honeywell Building Technologies


Erin Harrington has 20+ years’ security industry media experience. Contact her at erinharrington1115@gmail.com.

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