In every large organization, IT spends a lot of time and money securing proprietary data and communications. And it’s money well spent on most accounts.

Video has quietly grown to become an significant part of the information stored and distributed within enterprises. Is it being protected as carefully as more traditional data?

In the case of video conference systems, it seems the answer is often “no.”

HD Moore, chief security officer at Rapid7, wrote a program that scanned video conference systems installed outside the firewall that were set to automatically accept incoming calls. He found more than 5,000 conference rooms that he could access at pharmaceutical companies, oil refineries and universities, among others.

He was able to take control of cameras in conference rooms, scan the room, and zoom in on whatever was visible.

Video security goes beyond video conferencing

Video security issues go beyond video conferencing. Many companies are implementing corporate video portals – private “YouTubes” for their enterprises – that are not as “private” as the rest of their IT infrastructure.

Video is hard to manage and even harder to distribute securely. But it can be done. Tools are available today that allow companies to give their employees all of the productivity advantages of social video without unduly compromising corporate intellectual assets.

It’s tempting to think video content is somehow less strategic than other more buttoned-up data. It’s not. It needs to be managed, secured and integrated within data repositories as much as any other data type.

Learn more about secure video content management solutions here.