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Distributed Denial of Service

If you were not already familiar with the term Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), then over the past several weeks you probably have become aware of it through various news articles.

A few key points in the media about the DDoS attacks:

  • Some of the largest DDoS attacks ever launched[1] in late September
  • Release of the Mirai source code used to create the DDoS attacks in early October[2]
  • Growth of devices infected by Mirai malware is growing from 213,000 to 493,000, by mid-October[3]
  • Twitter, Netflix and PayPal and many popular site being unreachable for part of Friday as a result of a new DDoS attack[4]

Were Tyco Products Affected?
These attacks are of special interest for companies such as Johnson Controls because they were launched from botnets composed of “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders[5]There is no indication that any Tyco Security Products devices were involved in these attacks.

  • Illustra cameras are designed to prevent user access to the camera’s operating system and as a result of that decision: telnet is not available on any Illustra camera model.
  • VideoEdge NVRs do not support telnet. Also, all known botnet scanners look for a different version of Linux than used on VideoEdge.
  • iSTAR controllers do not support any remote access protocol and will not be detected by the malicious scanners.
  • DCM controllers, AC200 (RTC) Ethernet Controller and Emerald Intelligent, multi-function access terminals do not support Telnet
  • exacqVision network video recorders and video management system (VMS) software has SSH disabled making it unaffected.
  • Kantech  access control system also remains unaffected.
  • Applications such as AC2000, C•CURE 9000 and victor are not affected. These applications also do not require remote access protocols.

Background: What are Distributed Denial of Service Attacks?
If you are not familiar with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, it is an Internet attack, which typically targets websites in an attempt to bring down the site so that it is inaccessible to other Internet users.  It is a common tactic for activists and groups looking to suppress information or as a form of extortion; demanding money from the victim to cease to attack.  These attacks work by flooding the target website with large amounts of data, or requests for data, that use up a website’s resources. With a small attack, the site may appear to be slow, but large attacks can bring down a website making it inaccessible.

What is a botnet?
These recent attacks have used a ‘botnet’, or a network of devices, infected with malware. The attacker is able to remotely control the device. The owner of the device will not know it has been infected because the malware does not affect the devices normal operation.

This malware is only able to be loaded onto the device if it has a remote protocol such as telnet or SSH enabled on the device. Telnet and SSH are common among physical security products and devices with the protocols enabled will be detected by the scanner.  The Mirai malware uses a table of common factory default usernames and passwords to log into devices.

Recommendations for Installers and End Users
If you have a device which is using the default password and a remote access protocol enabled, you are at risk. To prevent your device from becoming a bot, you should immediately:

  • Disable remote access if it is not required.
  • Reboot the device. This does not have to be a factory reset, just turning the power off, wait a minute and turning it back on is sufficient
  • Change the password to a complex password. If you do not change the password or have a device that doesn’t allow you to change the password, you run the risk of becoming infected.

Again , the following Tyco Security Product devices are not affected:

  • Illustra Cameras
  • VideoEdge NVRs
  • iSTAR
  • DCM
  • AC2000 RTC Controllers
  • Emerald Intelligent Access Terminals

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[1] Wall Street Journal Sept 30th 2016 Hackers Infect Army of Cameras DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

[2] Wall Street Journal October 5th 2016 Hackers Release Botnet Code, Raising Specter of More Attacks ttp://

[3] PC World October 18,th 2016 Hackers create more IoT botnets with Mirai source code

[4] Wall Street Journal October 21st 2016 Cyberattack Knocks Out Access to Websites

[5] Krebs on Security October 21, 2016 Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage

Cybersecurity Acronyms

As with any industry, there are a slew of acronyms that are used. Cybersecurity is no different. To completely understand the standards and best practices for cybersecurity, you must understand the various groups and terminology being used.

Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program

Developed over five years from providing critical solutions to the U.S. Government and other multi-national customers, Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program is one of the first in the industry to offer a holistic, six-part approach to cyber security for physical security products. We have effectively worked with government agencies to meet the appropriate standards and validations. Below is an explanation of many of the various cyber security groups and common terminology used.


Federal information Processing Standards (FIPS) are a set of standards that describe document processing, encryption algorithms and other information technology standards for use within non-military government agencies and by government contractors and vendors who work with agencies.

Having a FIPS validation ensures that encryption completed properly. Test results are validated by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), yet another acronym.


The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is United States legislation that defines a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against threats.  View the Tyco Security Products FISMA-ready configuration guidelines. These guidelines apply to Software House CCURE 9000 and American Dynamics victor video management system (VMS) software and VideoEdge network video recorders.


The North American Electric Reliabilty Corporation (NERC) is a non-profit organization that works with all stakeholders to develop standards for power system operation, monitoring and enforcing compliance with those standards.


NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is 9 standards and 45 requirements covering the security of electronic perimeters and the protection of critical cyber assets as well as personnel and training, security management and disaster recovery planning. View the Tyco NERC-CIP V5 ready configuration guidelines for Software House CCURE and iStar.


The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) agency that provides information technology (IT) and communications support to any individual or system contributing to the defense of the United States.


Security Requirement Guide (SRG) is compilation of singular, actionable statements that comprise a security control or security best. An SRG is used by DISA field security operations and vendor guide developers to build security technical implementation guides (STIGs). I know we cannot stop with the acronyms. A STIG is a guide for implementing IT systems within the DoD. View the Tyco DISA security requirements for VideoEdge using the General Purpose Operating System SRG.


System Administration Networking and Security (SANS) released Top 20 security vulnerabilities. These are security controls for protecting a network. VideoEdge and victor have been designed and have had the necessary features implemented to assist our installers and users with configuring their networks in the manner they need to implement the SANS controls they elect.

Learn more about our cyber protection program.

New Regional Sales Manager – Midwest

American Dynamics introduces Dan Howard as the new Area Sales Manager for the Midwest. He will oversee sales activities for American Dynamics VideoEdge video recorders, victor video management system, storage solutions and monitors in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Dan resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan brings a vast knowledge of video surveillance systems and IP cameras. Most recently, he was a regional sales manager for a video security company.

Dan Howard

Dan Howard

If you have any American Dynamics questions, please contact Dan. We look forward to working with you.

The PC & Wireless Shop Selects Tyco Security Products Edge Solution


The PC & Wireless Shop located in Canandaigua, NY is a leading local retailer and service provider in cellular phones, custom-built computers and laptops, IP security cameras, PBX phone systems and customer service.

The PC & Wireless Shop needed to upgrade its video surveillance system. With the new system, they wanted to better utilize space and find a cost-effective way to capture high quality video.

PC & Wireless Shop


Illustra-fisheye-camera_PC-Wireless-SHopThe PC & Wireless Shop selected Tyco Security Products edge technology with Illustra IP cameras pre-installed with exacqVision Edge video management system (VMS) software installed directly on the IP camera. Each IP camera acts as its own server, recording video to an onboard SD card. Tyco’s edge recording solution eliminates the need for a server while saving bandwidth and expenses.
The Illustra Edge cameras fully cover the 5,000 square foot space in the shop including the sales floor, warehouse and backroom. The
new Illustra IP cameras drastically improved the image quality.

The onboard exacqVision VMS software gives the Shop owner and employees a full-featured, intuitive VMS software to quickly search video.



Tyco’s edge solution improved image quality, installation and configuration, while saving store owners time and money.

  • Eliminates the need for server
  • Saves money on hardware and installation costs
  • Install faster with pre-configured VMS software directly on IP camera
  • Improves  reliability with video stored on SD card
  • Betters image quality to see critical details

Read the entire case study

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ISC West 2016 Recap

ISC West, held on April 6 – 8, 2016, drew large crowds to the Tyco Security Products / Illustra IP camera station. We hope you had the opportunity to learn more about our full range of new Illustra domes, PTZ, fisheye, boxes and bullet cameras.

Illustra Wall

New Illustra 2MP Mini-Dome Featuring UltraVision Low Light

Illustra showcased its new Pro 2MP mini-dome IP camera with its new UltraVision low light technology to maintain better quality color video.  Beyond the exceptional low light performance, this new mini-dome features true wide dynamic range of 100 db and minimizes bandwidth usage and storage requirements.

Illustra UltraVision Lowlight                       Noise Reduction

UltraVision low light technology drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness and removes the need to install supplementary lighting. Ideal for alleyways, parking lots, warehouses, and other challenging lighting settings, Illustra UltraVision provides more

Easy Installation with Tyco Security Products NVRs and VMS Software

American Dynamics VideoEdge and Exacq demonstrated their VMS software running Illustra IP cameras. Illustra cameras combined with another Tyco Security Products solution, whether it is American Dynamics or exacqVision, provides the easiest, high quality, high definition video surveillance solution.

Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ Camera

The new Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ camera shown in the booth at ISC West displayed its powerful optical zoom and high definition video quality to deliver critical details.

Booth visitors had the opportunity to see the new area zoom support for Illustra cameras in exacqVision in action. In live view, users can utilize area zoom for pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras. This allows users to draw a box around a specific region to instantly optically zoom in to see greater detail on objects or people in the distance. In case you missed the booth demo, watch the short recap below to see how it works.

If you didn’t attend ISC West or attended and want to learn more about our Illustra IP camera line, contact your local sales representative. 

Illustra IP Cameras Introduce UltraVision

Illustra’s new UltraVision low light technology gives users a new solution to deliver high quality color images in challenging lighting. As the amount of light in a scene decreases, the Illustra camera will automatically switch to night mode. In night mode, UltraVision works to provide the best quality color image.

What is UltraVision?

UltraVisionIllustra UltraVision technology highlights the Pro mini-dome camera’s ability to perform at a new level in the most difficult light conditions. UltraVision allows the camera to effectively capture high quality color video quality in the darkest environments. The Illustra 2MP mini-dome will maintain color video well below 1 lux.

Low Light Example

Benefits of UltraVision Technology

The Illustra 2MP mini-dome camera utilizes a high sensitivity low noise CMOS progressive sensor, along with UltraVision technology, to deliver high quality color video in the most extreme low light conditions. UltraVision allows the camera to effectively maintain color video well below 1 lux.

Noise Reduction

Ideal Applications

This technology is most useful in applications such as indoor and outdoor parking lots, indoor warehouses, dark areas of retail establishments and alleyways. With UltraVision technology, the Illustra mini-dome provides more color video detail for users to more quickly identify people and objects of interest in dark areas. With the 100 db wide dynamic range and noise reduction combined with UltraVision low light technology, the Illustra Pro mini-dome produces exceptional video quality.Performance if Difficult Lighting

View the Illustra camera featuring UltraVision low light technology.

New Illustra Pro 2MP Mini-Domes

Illustra ProThe new high definition Illustra Pro 2 megapixel mini-dome IP cameras introduce UltraVision low light color video technology.

Watch this video to see the new Illustra low light video quality in action.

What is UltraVision Low LightIllustra UltraVision Lowlight
The new Illustra UltraVision technology allows the camera to effectively maintain color video well below 1 lux. This drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness. Illustra UltraVision is ideal for applications such as parking lots, alleyways, warehouses and other lowlight settings where maintaining color and video quality is critical to the surveillance operation. In low light mode, UltraVision provides the color detail needed for users to more quickly find clear video evidence for investigations.

Superior Image Quality in Low Light Environments

  • 2MP resolution at fast frame rates
  • Ultravision maintains high quality color video at low light levels below 1 lux
  • Simultaneously view high contrasting areas with true wide dynamic range 100db

Low Light Example

Intelligent Analytics

The Illustra 2MP mini-dome also features advanced on-board analytics including motion detection, face detection, blur detection and tampering. The camera’s features minimize bandwidth use, storage requirements and optimize performance and video quality.

  • Program up to 5 individual regions of interest for integrated analytics
  • Minimizes bandwidth use and storage requirements with H.264
  • Rotates to the optimal image orientation with 9×16 field of view aspect ratio in corridor mode

Simple Installation

Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, Illustra Pro mini-dome cameras can be easily configured into a video security system saving installation time and money.

The camera is exacqVision Edge ready, so exacqVision VMS software can be installed directly on the camera for a complete high definition IP video solution.

Indoor and Outdoor Models for Most Environments

  • Operates in extreme temperatures as low as
    -30° C 
    with PoE or -40°C with 24Vac power
  • Durable indoor and outdoor models with IK10 rating to protect against vandalism, outdoor models are IP66 rated with an environmental enclosure to protect against water and dust

Learn more about the new Illustra Pro mini-domes and UltraVision low light technology on the Illustra website.

New Illustra Pro Series 2MP Micro Camera

The Illustra Pro 2MP micro camera provides a low profile with a high performance solution Watch this video to see how the Illustra Pro 2MP micro camera excels.

Small Form Factor

  • Ideal for small indoor locations like ATMs, store entrances, banks
  • Delivers the small form factor needed for limited spaces

Illustra Micro Camera_hand holding

Saves Time and Money with Simple Installation

  • Simple to install the micro IP camera in a confined space for discreet installations
  • Mounting options included
  • Compatible with exacqVision or VideoEdge
  • Reduces time and optimizes installation

Illustra micro

On-Board, Durable Features for the Most Demanding Conditions

  • Delivers high definition video of 1080p at 30 IPS
  • Exceptional video quality in high contrast lighting with true wide dynamic range 82db
  • Automatic rotation to the optimal image orientation with corridor mode
  • Automatically enhances the video quality around detected faces with face detection
  • Lens options available for all viewing areas: telephoto and wide angle
  • Convenient video storage with support for on-board SD card

Learn more about the new Illustra micro camera.

New Illustra Essentials Varifocal IP Cameras

The new Illustra Essentials 1 and 2 megapixel outdoor mini-domes and bullet IP cameras offer a low cost, high definition video solution. Watch this video to see the cameras in action.

Illustra Essentials Box Essentials Dome
  • See wider field of view with new 2.8-12mm varifocal lens
  • Durable enclosures with IK10 rating on the mini-dome to protect against vandalism
  • High performance wide dynamic range to simultaneously view high contrast areas
  • Excellent low light color and black/white video qualitywith true day/night IR illuminator
  • Easy installation with exacqVision, VideoEdge and Holis

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Learn more about Illustra Essentials cameras on our website. If you have questions, contact your local sales representative or call 317.845.5710.