Cloud storage gives organizations the ability to store large amounts of data on a remote server that can be accessed through the internet. As surveillance systems become more sophisticated with higher resolution cameras, more customers are considering using the cloud to store video surveillance footage.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) notes that more than 70% of businesses around the world use the cloud for at least part of their operations. Many companies are moving their video surveillance footage to the cloud because it provides more storage capacity at a reasonable cost as well as easy access, scalability and better storage protection.
Experts recommend that organizations considering moving video surveillance to the cloud should review their requirements for bandwidth, storage, cost, security and accessibility.
Networked cameras can transmit video footage directly to the cloud. The cloud’s remote storage prevents an intruder from stealing or destroying video files, so the only equipment needed onsite are recording and transmitting devices. Video files can be backed up remotely and, in the event of a natural disaster, they will be safe from destruction. On the downside, cloud storage may not provide companies with complete legal or physical control over their video files and data. Sometimes video and data may not be immediately available and at times legal warrants may be required before a cloud server can make files available.
The cloud provides easy access via the internet for multiple employees in various locations. Updates can be done centrally and video footage can be viewed using a web browser or a smartphone. Costs vary depending on services used: Most service providers charge an initial set-up fee and monthly subscription fees for ongoing storage. Companies should closely review charges for bandwidth to upload files, transfer data and back-up video files for data redundancy.
IT security experts note that cloud servers also face cybersecurity threats. CSA and McAfee/Intel Security surveyed 1,200 global IT executives recently and found that 23% had experienced a data breach or loss with their cloud service providers. Companies should incorporate a sound security plan into their cloud storage strategy to safeguard video footage and security data.
 Statistic reported in “Top 10 security concerns for cloud-based servers,” by Joy Ma, Incapsula blog, Dec. 14, 2015. Available at: https://www.incapsula.com/blog/top-10-cloud-security-concerns.html
 “The Key Benefits of Cloud Video Surveillance,” by Myra Koshan, CWPS blog, Sept. 17, 2015. Available at: http://www.cwps.com/blog/the-key-benefits-of-cloud-video-surveillance
 “5 Things to Consider Before Moving Your Surveillance to Cloud-Based Video Storage,” by Dan Cremins, Security News, 2016. Available at: http://us.sourcesecurity.com/news/articles/moving-surveillance-cloud-based-video-storage-co-1097-ga.19422.html
 “Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud Adoption,” survey conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance and McAfee/Intel Security, 2016. Available at: http://www.mcafee.com/us/solutions/lp/hybrid-cloud-security/index.html
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