Home security equipment can be hacked or stolen, security researchers warn, even when the equipment is installed and maintained by the same company.
That’s a problem that could be exploited by a hacker who knows the security settings.
“The security settings are the keys to your security,” said Adam D. Fink, senior security researcher at security firm FireEye.
“You can get the key to your own security.”
The threat of a home security system hack could be as much a threat to people as it is to companies, Fink said.
A home security company might not even know that their home has been breached, and the security breach could happen even when a company’s security system has been upgraded.
The hacker could gain access to a person’s credit card, or to a computer network connected to that person’s home.
“It’s very hard to tell whether a company is on the same level of security as you or not,” Fink added.
“But if you have an organization that is a hacker-proof network, it’s probably not going to be a good place to go.”
Security breaches happen frequently.
Finks estimates that there have been more than 600 home security systems incidents worldwide since 2009.
That includes incidents in the United States and in Europe, as well as in China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and India.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that it had not received a single report of a Home Security System being hacked or compromised, but that it could be a problem if an organization doesn’t have strong, well-defined security policies and controls in place.
The National Home Security Network (NHN), a nationwide network of companies and home security equipment manufacturers, has been monitoring home security incidents since 2013.
NHN reports data on the number of incidents it detects, and it has a team of security researchers to help determine how much of a problem a breach is.
NHNs security protocols include protocols that prevent access to personal or confidential data or data that can be used for identity theft or financial gain, according to NHN’s website.
Fink said that security breaches can occur because of poorly-managed networks or poorly-attended equipment.
NHNS is part of the NHN security system, but it is not the company that has the equipment that is at risk.
“We don’t want people to think that NHNS’s systems are somehow safer than the rest of the industry,” Finks said.
Home security systems can be purchased at the hardware store, or through online sales.
Fitch recommends that companies buy equipment at a trusted vendor such as Home Depot.
Home security equipment that should be considered for use in a home include:Fink recommends that home security companies consider using home security products that are well-built and that are easy to operate and maintain.
Finkle said he is not recommending that companies invest in home security devices that aren’t well-designed or that have a weak security design.
But he said companies should consider upgrading their security systems if their network security is compromised.
“If you’re a business that is really concerned about home security, I would advise you to be careful about investing in a security product,” Finkle said.
“This is a critical time for home security and it’s really critical for all of us to be vigilant about our security,” he added.