As more and more devices become connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity is becoming a concern in a whole range of areas where it was never previously considered to be a risk.
And AV is one of these new places where cybersecurity risks have become very real and companies need to take the right steps to make sure that they are protected. One of the reasons that this security risk exists is because AV systems can often now involve a cloud element for both streaming and storage. Having remote access is obviously a massive benefit for staff to be able to manage and access the AV systems, but with remote access comes an increased opportunity for cybercriminals to access sensitive data.
The task of identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities in your AV setup has several components. There are unintentional threats and intentional threats, and you need to make sure you do all you can to mitigate both risks. It can be tricky to implement and manage an effective approach; for example personal data that you’ve collected and saved from prospects, clients, vendors, and employees (past and present) need to be safe0gaurded and breaches can be very damaging in terms of both your reputation in business and in terms of the potential commercial cost of rectifying a breach.
Unintentional Cyber Breaches
Of course, not every threat coming through your AV system will start with a malicious intent. Without a robust Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place, and sometimes despite one, unintentional breaches in cybersecurity can happen.
One infected hard drive used for a presentation, or one random email attachment an unsuspecting employee clicks on, can create serious cybersecurity difficulties for your business.
Your organisation needs to be aware of the kinds of unintentional threats that exist as you work to establish protocols and protect valuable data from being stolen.
Intentional Cyber Attacks
Unfortunately it is also the case that attacks are also sometimes intentional. A cyber hacker who wants to steal information or block your access to it, with a view to bribing you for its release, is looking for any possible vulnerabilities that they can exploit. Without procedures and planning, AV systems can be an open backdoor in for a would-be cybercriminal.
For example, back in 2017, a BBC journalist signed into his online collaboration service and was able to access another company’s private files.
The intersection of IT and AV creates many opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of.
Cybersecurity AV Risk Assessment
Just how safe are you….
- Do you have cybersecurity risk assessment protocols in place already?
- How robust are they?
- Are your AV being considered as part of the larger cybersecurity plan?
- How are AV software and devices different from others in the IT landscape?
- What unique challenges to cybersecurity do they present?
Here are a few steps you can introduce in your risk assessment that relate directly to cybersecurity and AV…..
- Identify and categorise your AV assets including digital assets and intellectual property.
- Identify the potential threats both unintentional and intentional.
- Stakeholders need to establish potential for risk as part of the overall cybersecurity infrastructure.
- Seek advice from a reliable third party who specialises in AV security.
A good resource to find help you in your risk assessment and find current known vulnerabilities in hardware and software that you are using is NIST Vulnerability Database.
Cybersecurity issues aren’t going away – if anything they are becoming more of a concern and need close attention. If you require any advice or guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact our team