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Hikvision Senior Director of Cybersecurity on Security Concerns with Home Router Vulnerability, 3 Tips to Improve Home Router Security

July 23, 2020

Hikvision HikWire blog article Chuck Davis home router security

Hikvision senior director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, has authored several recent blogs about security concerns, phishing hacks and malware related to the coronavirus.  In today’s HikWire blog, Hikvision’s Davis covers vulnerabilities related to home routers, and provides three tips to improve home router security.

Home Routers Have Vulnerabilities
Home network security is important and with so many people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a much more important topic than it was six months ago. Why? Because the vulnerabilities in home routers are giving attackers a fresh new vector with which to attack businesses.

According to the Home Router Security Report 2020, of the 127 consumer-grade routers that were tested, none of them were without flaws. Forty-six routers had not received updates within the past year and one had not received updates in more than five years. “Many routers are affected by hundreds of known vulnerabilities. Even if the routers got recent updates, many of these known vulnerabilities were not fixed,” according to the report.

Three Tips to Improve Home Router Security, Reduce Vulnerabilities
Here are several tips to improve the security of your home router:

  1. Check to make sure your router gets automatic updates. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to buy a router that does get automatic updates.
     
  2. Check to see when the last time a patch was created for your router. The automatic update feature is useless if the vendor is not patching or is no longer supporting your router.
     
  3. Use network segmentation to isolate your work computers, personal devices and IoT devices. In a pinch, consider connecting your work computers to the guest network of your home router.

For more Hikvision work-from-home cybersecurity tips to reduce vulnerabilities and security concerns, visit this link.

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