Secure Networks ITC Quick Guide Through Security Equipment
Did you know that Windows 10 comes with its own biometric security built in? It is called Windows Hello
. However, you would need to add certain hardware if not already present, to take the advantage of this technology. To get an instant access to Windows 10 devices by using facial recognition, your laptop will need a built-in 3-D camera. To gain access by using a fingerprint, your laptop will need to have a built-in fingertip reader. In case you don't have such a laptop, you'll still be able to protect your device old-school style – with a password and a pin.
But don't you go old-school style on us! There are a lot of different laptops, Dell Inspiron
being one of many, that already have a 3D camera used for facial recognition built in. Dell XPS
laptop, on the other hand, has a fingerprint reader. Both ways are a handy and a fast method to unlock your laptop with. Certainly, much faster than typing in your complex password, that's for sure.
In most cases, biometrics will allow faster access and seamless experience, greater security and basically make complicated passwords redundant. In the end, why would you need a complex password? Even if it is simple as "password", the access will still need to be authenticated using an additional method.
When it comes to cost, these systems aren't high tech like a vault from the movie Mission Imposible. You can find it on Amazon or eBay if you would like to add a fingerprint sensor or facial recognition as a method of authentication. The cheapest method would be to use the multi-factor authentication and make usage of your smartphone.
The obvious implementation would be with employees working remotely. As we cannot directly control the environment outside the office, creating hurdles for the hackers is the best course of action. The procedure is very simple: employee opens a VPN connection and supplies their username and password. When successfully verified, the second authentication procedure will be initiated requiring interaction with the user and their phone. Even if their laptop gets stolen, you can feel safe that the server data won't get compromised.
There are many different options when it comes to camera systems on the market today. Depending on your budget and expectations from this system, you will end up choosing between two main categories: a cloud-based system or a physical system. Similar to your email server really.
Cloud-based services are increasingly becoming popular with the obvious benefits, online – always. These kinds of services never go down and require little to no maintenance but come with a price. Paying for each camera per month, plus storage consumed can become a bit too expensive, while the equivalent safety and availability, with the right investment, can be on par.
If you are using a smaller office and do not require more than 2-3 cameras, then going with a cloud solution might just be the best option for you. Cameras can be accessed from anywhere all the time, with the recording right there if you need it. All cloud-based camera systems have their own proprietary app that they use with support for any device really, iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS, etc.
With larger offices and many different cameras, going with your own system might be the best option. It does require more hardware on site but can be setup to be extremely reliable. You can use wireless or wired cameras, plugged it into a camera system that can hold the recordings locally on the internal storage, externally on a NAS drive or even store data in the cloud. Again, as with the cloud-based system, there are apps that you can install on your smartphone, laptop or computer to access the cameras/recordings anytime, anywhere.
Today, all cameras have Infra-red sensors for night recordings, use standard Ethernet cables for data transfers (so long coax cables) and have Full HD recording options. Choosing between the two types of system would be down to your requirements and budget. Cloud is more expensive in the long run, plus the recordings will always be somewhere else and not on your servers. But the availability, reliability and ease of setup is the clear benefit. On-site physical system can be pricey initially, but without any monthly rent costs it will become cheaper over time.