Taking a DIY approach to any given task can be admirable – but also, misguided. Wouldn’t you agree that there’s a difference between putting your furniture together by yourself, and trying to install your own video surveillance system?
Whether you agree or not, the fact is that there’s a big difference between the two. Despite the fact that many IP camera systems will claim to be easy to install and maintain, it’s not necessarily that simple.
Despite the fact that medical marijuana laws and regulations differ from state to state, they all share one thing in common – all dispensary and grow facility’s management must have a fully functional video recording and surveillance system setup and installed.
The security system is used to monitor the dispensary, employees, and customers at all times. The correctly installed security system picks up all activity in these areas:
Now, you may feel this is yet another regulatory burden placed on your business, and that the best way to deal with it is to just install a couple IP cameras on your own and then move on to more pressing matters.
Unfortunately, doing so could put you at risk…
The core problem with modern video surveillance is the fact that it’s connected to your local network. IP cameras are like any Internet of Things devices – they’re “smart”, meaning they rely on your network to function. This makes for a generally convenient user experience, allowing you to view streams through an app on your smartphone, control the devices remotely, etc. However, as with any network-enabled device, the more convenient they are, the less secure they are.
Without the right skill set, it’s likely that you won’t know how to configure these devices to enhance their security. In setting up a surveillance system as simply as possible, you would leave your business vulnerable.
Be honest – how often do you update your software when prompted to? If you’re like most of us, probably not that often. Unfortunately, when it comes to IP cameras, this can also put you at serious risk of a breach.
What about encryption? That’s another point of consideration. Even before installation and maintenance, you need to consider whether you know what to look for in a surveillance system’s security capabilities.
Encryption of your video feeds is a great way to protect yourself – this is something a professional would know, but a layman may not.
As you can see, there’s plenty to consider when it comes to your cannabis business’ video surveillance. Are you confident you can handle it on your own?
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