Axis Communications, the network video technology specialist, has received two accolades from leading security authorities in the form of Cyber Essentials Plus, a scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre, and ‘Secure by Default’ self-certification, which is organised by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB. The awards demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to cyber security and its dedication to mitigating cyber risks within the products and services it provides for end users.
Earlier this year, Tony Porter launched a voluntary set of minimum requirements to ensure that surveillance cameras and components are manufactured in a way that’s ‘Secure by Design’ and ‘Secure by Default’. This is a key element of UK Government policy on technological innovation, with the Conservatives having announced a £70 million investment in making the UK a world leader in eliminating cyber threats to businesses and consumers by developing more resilient IT hardware, with security and protection designed directly into the hardware and chips.
Porter commented: “Congratulations to Axis Communications in self-certifying its products as being ‘secure by default’. It has been an enlightening and positive experience working with manufacturers towards a common goal and it’s a genuine first. Further requirements will follow over the next couple of years. The certification mark demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the products listed on my website meet the new minimum requirements I expect in terms of cyber-secure surveillance camera products. This is exactly the leadership I expect from a company like Axis Communications.”
Axis Communications’ full range of camera products – including the Companion Series, the M Series, the P Series, the Q Series and the F Series – has been certified. This will mean that Axis’ products make a significant contribution to improving the UK’s resilience against cyber attacks via video surveillance systems.
The requirements of the scheme are an important step forward for manufacturers, installers and end users alike in providing the best possible assurance for stakeholders that products are not vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Steven Kenny, industry liaison for architecture and engineering at Axis Communications, stated: “Security must be at the heart of our shared ambition for a smarter, safer world. It’s imperative that every project is approached strategically within specific security standards and frameworks and implemented with a ‘Secure by Default’ philosophy. Axis Communications played a part in the development of the new security requirement for surveillance cameras and we welcome it. We also look forward to working with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to take this to the next level in the future.”
Cyber Essentials Plus
Launched in 2014, Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme which encourages businesses of all sizes to ensure their IT services and systems are fully protected to effectively address potential threats. It identifies the security controls that an organisation must have in place within its IT systems, rewarding those that can demonstrate effective protection.
The accreditation is about more than securing a firm’s own IT systems, however. As the use of networked technologies, such as IP surveillance and access control devices, continues to increase in the UK, more data than ever is being processed and stored.
The ‘Plus’ component to the accreditation refers to verification of Axis’ cyber security, which has been carried out independently by a certification body. Accreditation recognises Axis’ dedication and continued commitment to ensuring systems are secure from hackers, and reassures end customers they’re working with a company that takes cyber security seriously, developing its solutions while adhering to the highest levels of security Best Practice.
Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, observed: “With growing awareness around meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, businesses are more cautious of working with companies who cannot demonstrate a continuing commitment to the safety and security of their systems and processes. We’ve always had a 100% focus on cyber security at Axis. Our renewed accreditation of the Cyber Essentials scheme highlights our commitment to support our customers in adopting a Best Practice approach towards all areas of cyber security.”
Rajput added: “The ‘Secure by Default’ self-certification confirms the hard work that’s invested into the products and solutions we develop to ensure security is guaranteed. Openness, trust and transparency are core to fighting the threat of cyber crime and we welcome any further collaboration with schemes that help give clarity and assurance to Axis Communications’ many stakeholders.”