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Surveillance Camera Day 2019: What it means for you

What is Surveillance Camera Day?

One of the deliverables of the civil engagement strand of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy, Surveillance Camera Day is intended to raise awareness about surveillance cameras and generate a debate about how they are used in society.

It is being launched by the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter and will take place on 20th June.

Why is Surveillance Camera Day happening now?

20th June 2019 is the first Surveillance Camera Day – and with a landmark case currently ongoing, it is a particularly timely development.

It reflects ongoing advances in technology. As cyber security threats become more sophisticated, and facial recognition and biometrics become increasingly commonplace, it’s important for manufacturers to adhere to a set of standards that will promote security for end-users.


What does it mean for businesses?

To coincide with Surveillance Camera Day, Tony Porter will be launching the ‘Secure by Default’ standard at this year’s IFSEC International.

According to the security consultant lead, Mike Gillespie, the concept behind the new set of standards is that network video products will ship to installers in the most hardened, cyber-security-optimal form possible, with default settings which provide minimal vulnerabilities on first use.


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In the process of developing these landmark standards, five major video surveillance manufacturers worked with the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner, including Hikvision. Gary Harmer, UK & Ireland Sales Director for Hikvision, said the initial Secure by Default standard offers an introductory base level for product conformance, with further certification levels to follow in future.

“The Surveillance Camera Commissioner will outline the initial self-certification process at IFSEC International on June 20,” he explained. “Going forward we expect that higher levels of product cyber security will be introduced, including different grades such as we have seen in the intruder alarm market, and these would likely require third-party certification.”

“This is just the beginning in terms of default network video security standards,” Harmer added. “We will continue to collaborate across the security industry and beyond to support the development of increasing standards and further security levels for all.”


What does it mean for the public?

Beyond benefiting from the ‘Secure by Default’ standard, Surveillance Camera Day is inspiring the public to get involved in the debate around video surveillance by encouraging control rooms to open their doors.  This means that members of the public will be able to see first-hand how surveillance camera control centres operate.

Organisations will also be publishing surveillance camera factsheets, which will set out the basics facts of their system, including what it is designed to do and the number of cameras they operate.

Keep an eye out for lively social media debate, as well – join the discussion on by following the hashtag #CameraDay2019.


Get involved in Surveillance Camera Day

On Surveillance Camera Day, Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter will deliver a keynote address on ‘Secure by Default’ at the IFSEC International 2019 Keynote Arena. He will then join a panel debate on the same topic.

  • Attack Aware: Secure by Default keynote, Tony Porter: 10:15-10:45am, 20 June
  • Secure by Default Panel Debate: 10:45-11:05am, 20 June

Other debate panellists will include Gary Harmer, sales director, Hikvision UK and Ireland; Jeremy Hockham, managing director, Norbain Holdings; and Patrick McBrearty, cyber-crime protect officer, West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit. Justin Hollis, marketing director, Hikvision will chair.


IFSEC International 2019 takes place 18-20 June, ExCeL London. Learn more about Europe’s largest integrated security event – or register today to secure your free ticket and discover everything you need to know about video surveillance and the latest security standards.

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