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Why Hikvision and Dahua security cameras may not be such a great deal after all

A lot small business owners have considered installing security cameras at their place of business, or maybe they’re even required to by law. It makes sense. They can let you check in on things (and employees) when you’re away and provide valuable evidence in the event of burglary, vandalism, accidents, etc.

Naturally, most small business owners want to spend as little as possible on their camera system. This is understandable. Running a profitable business requires saving money anywhere you can. However, this mindset will also eventually lead them to Hikvision and Dahua cameras. Why? Because they’re cheap and they seem to have all the features you might want including remote access from the Internet. What they may not realize (or even think about) is that Hikvision and Dahua are both Chinese companies.

“So what?”, you might be asking yourself. Why should I care as long as it saves me some money. The thing is, the Chinese government routinely exploits (i.e. hacks) US companies and steals their intellectual property. Hikvision has actually been banned from installations in US Government buildings because of concerns that the Chinese government has installed a “backdoor” into these devices, essentially giving them access to internal networks in which they’re installed.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have any intellectual property, and I’m not a US Government agency, so I don’t have to worry about this stuff.” However, ask yourself this, do you really want to install multiple cameras and software that has a high probability of having been tampered with (i.e. backdoored) by the Chinese government on your business network? Why even bother with a firewall or antivirus then?

The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives. However, besides Supply Chain Security, there are plenty of other design considerations you may not be thinking about. If you’re considering installing security cameras at your place of business, give OK Computer a call and get started on the right foot.

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