According to new research conducted by Genetec Inc., a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence, as many as 68.4 percent ¬— or almost 7 out of 10 — cameras are currently running out of date firmware.

“Our primary research data points to the fact that more than half of the cameras with out of date firmware (53.9 percent) contain known cyber security vulnerabilities,” said Mathieu Chevalier, lead security architect at Genetec. “By extrapolating this to an average security network, nearly 4 out of every 10 cameras are vulnerable to a cyber attack.”

The research conducted by Genetec also showed that nearly 1 in 4 organizations (23 percent) fail to use unique passwords, relying instead on the same password across all cameras from the same manufacturer, leaving an easy point of entry for hackers once only one camera has been compromised.

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