Product & Solutions

barox promotes video network hygiene & cyber security

barox, the manufacturer of professional standard switches, media converters and IP extenders specifically designed for video applications, is promoting the need for awareness not only in selecting video transmission products that utilise sophisticated measures to protect against cyber attacks.

barox has built important safeguards for protecting sensitive
data networks. Extending the scope for consideration with
relation to network performance and system integration to VMS,
barox view network security in terms of both cyber ‘hygiene’ and
‘cyber security’.

Cyber hygiene (lock the doors)
Just as an individual engages in personal hygiene practices to
maintain good health and well being, cyber hygiene can help
keep data safe and properly protected; where users of networks
and other devices can take steps to maintain their system health
and improve online security.
The implementation of a good cyber hygiene regime will encompass
the precautions users can take with the aim of keeping sensitive
data organised, safe, and secure from theft and outside attacks,
such as malware, which can severely hinder network functionality.
“Good hygiene practice includes a mix of regularly updating
software and changing the use of complex passwords, to prevent
malicious activities,“ says Rudolf Rohr, Co-founder & Managing
partner at barox. “Only those users who need admin-level access
to devices should have device access, whilst other users should
have only limited capabilities.”
In relation to supporting users with good hygiene practice, barox
provides access port locking, switch support login with
authentication certificate, and video transmission device ports
can be automatically disabled if someone unplugs them.
Also, with IP-based Virtual LANs, application networks cannot
access a barox switch, and protection is offered by the protocol.
In short, Cyber Hygiene is good practice, enabling humans and
network devices to work together efficiently. barox products help
with the easy management of networks via access and
distribution layers, delivering the tools to deliver secure data and
video – and in preparation for future integrations, like IOT and
other digital devices.

AMPS cyber security (controlling access)

To aid installers, integrators and system designers to maximise
the security of their video transmission networks, barox have
coined the term ‘AMPS’, standing for Access Protection,
Management, Performance, and System, to explain the different
areas of video network operation to be considered. With regards
to Access Protection, barox utilise end-to-end communication
encryption and certificates to lockout unauthorised network
access. barox management of login covers the disabling of
unoccupied ports, Mac locking, Access Control List, TACAS and
multiple user control.
Also, to prevent cyber criminals catching login passwords via
insufficiently encrypted equipment, between server and browser,
barox use ‘dual encryption’ technology that provides its video
transmission networks with a sophisticated high-security barrier.
The first security measure barox employs is Hypertext Transfer
Protocol Secure (HTTPS), an established high-end transport
encryption (used to protect online banking registration). barox
uses HTTPS to encrypt the password on the way from the user's
browser to the server of the switch. Providing high-end
resilience, barox do not rely on this barrier alone. Offering ‘double
security’, barox provide firewall-like protection against man-inthe-
middle attacks with Access-Control List (ACL) and Access
Control Entries (ACE).