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The evolution of digital security- 5 Tips for your business & home

It used to be clear when a break-in had occurred — a window may have been smashed, or perhaps a door forced open — but today technology is making privacy invasion more insidious.

As security systems become increasingly digitised and integrated with online systems, the threat of cyber security has ramifications for physical security like never before.

As modern smart home and business security systems are driven through a central internet-connected ‘hub’ (which can wirelessly connect to smartphone apps, tablets and other system components), protecting your overall infrastructure from hackers and criminals is more critical than ever.

A smart home or business system enables consumers to monitor physical security by receiving alerts, viewing photos or video taken by a security camera and, in some cases, control aspects of premises such as lighting, heating or appliances. Clearly, security control, in a remote sense, is more extensive than ever.

ESS are acutely aware of the need to provide security in a holistic and modern sense thus, our three pronged approach is designed to provide peace of mind in an increasingly challenging security environment:

  1. Physical security (cameras, CCTV, fire safety, alarms)
  2. Cyber security (firewalls, cloud computing, IT support, exchange server)
  3. Integrated security (smart systems, physical and digital integration)

With more and more security systems going digital and connecting to networks, the growing emphasis on cybersecurity in the security sector is a natural evolution for our industry.

However, with tech advancement comes risk.

Central hubs (and associated devices) now provide an attack surface that hackers can use to access your home/business network, and as we move further into 2018, manufacturers, integrators, and end users are going to be increasingly cognisant of the critical importance of cybersecurity for security technologies.

Here are 5 Tips we recommend implementing to ensure security within your business or home:

  1. Complete security updates, especially on new devices

When your phone/device prompts you to complete a software update, do not brush aside and click “download later.” Doing so can make devices vulnerable to dangerous malware.


  1. Use multifactor two-tier authentication

Add an additional authentication factor beyond a single password for important tech devices.


  1. Install malware protection

Consumers should have some form of malware protection on phones and computers — and that includes MacBooks and other Apple devices.


  1. Don’t set devices to automatically connect to public Wi-Fi

Hackers can access devices via public Wi-Fi. Make sure to turn off the “automatically connect” setting on phones and be wary of shared connections, like those in airports or coffee shops.


  1. Change default usernames and passwords on your devices

Many devices come with a default username and password that hackers can easily find on online forums. Be sure to change these on all new devices, including connected fridges and other smart appliances. Switch to a secure password or passphrase with varied numbers, symbols, and capitalisation.

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