Network security must keep up with the regional rise in critical video surveillance systems

Published: 27 January 2020 - 2:45 p.m.
The video surveillance market in the Middle East region continues to grow in double-digit figures, driven by the rise of security concerns accompanied by strict government regulations.

To keep up with the challenges imposed by these concerns and regulations, a reliable, always-on and secure network capable of delivering quality high resolution videos is imperative to keep organisations safe.

The Middle East is one of the fastest growing markets for video surveillance systems, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets.

The research company reports that a big driver for the increasing use of video surveillance systems globally is “the increasing concern for public safety and security, prompting roll-out at airports, malls, schools, office buildings and public places”.

However, market dynamics are rapidly changing with security cameras becoming more integrated with IoT architecture for business use cases and security use cases, while artificial intelligence (AI) continues to enable new security capabilities related to behaviours and object recognition.

These dynamics are raising the criticality of the video surveillance systems and consequently the criticality of the network infrastructure that interconnects the ecosystem together, according to a spokesperson from network security firm Aruba.

Rabih Itani, security business head for the Middle East at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, said: “Organisations are beginning to realise the importance of connecting their video surveillance systems to secure and future-proof networks that they can simply trust.”

Itani added: “Video surveillance cameras, which are essentially IoT devices, are a major target themselves for cybercriminals or are used by them as an easy door to access weakly secured networks. This pushes networks to move from being merely a connectivity provider for the cameras, to be first-line defenders.”

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