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Delivering effective cyber security in off grid deployments.

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

Cyber security is important because it helps protect sensitive information and systems from cyber attacks, data breaches, and other security incidents. With the increasing reliance on technology and the Internet, there is a growing need to protect against cyber threats. Cyber security helps to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information and helps prevent unauthorised access, theft, and exploitation. By implementing effective cyber security measures, we reduce the risk of a security incident and help protect our most valuable assets information and client data. When we design off-grid technologies, it is crucial to protect sensitive information and ensure the proper functioning and resilience of these remote systems and we take a range of steps to protect our technologies and data.

Network segmentation

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Dividing the network into smaller segments can help limit the spread of a potential breach. Network segmentation is important because it helps to limit the spread of a potential breach by dividing the network into smaller, isolated segments. This allows for more targeted and effective security measures to be implemented, and helps reduce the overall attack surface of the network. By creating different security zones, sensitive information can be separated from less critical information, providing an additional layer of protection and reducing the risk of a successful attack. Additionally, network segmentation can make it easier to monitor network traffic and detect suspicious activity, providing early warning of potential security threats.


Encrypting data transmitted over the network protects sensitive information from being intercepted. Encryption is important because it helps protect sensitive information from being intercepted and read by unauthorised parties. Encryption uses algorithms to transform plain text into an unreadable format, which can only be decrypted by someone with the proper encryption key. This helps ensure that data transmitted over a network or stored in a database remains confidential and secure, even if it is intercepted by a malicious actor. Encryption is widely used to protect sensitive information, such CCTV surveillance, and is an essential component of a comprehensive cyber security strategy.

Access controls

Implementing strong user authentication and access controls can prevent unauthorised access to the network. Access controls are critical because they regulate who can access sensitive information and systems, and what actions they can perform. Access controls help to prevent unauthorised access, which can lead to data breaches, theft of sensitive information, and other security incidents. Implementing strong access controls, such as user authentication, role-based access, and permissions, can help ensure that only authorised individuals have access to sensitive information and systems. This helps to reduce the attack surface of the network, and minimises the risk of a successful attack. Regularly reviewing and auditing access controls can help ensure that they are functioning effectively and are in line with the latest security best practices.


Deploying firewalls to protect against external threats and limit access to sensitive information. Firewalls are important because they help protect networks from external threats and unauthorised access. A firewall acts as a barrier between a private internal network and the public Internet, controlling the flow of incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. By filtering incoming traffic and blocking unauthorised connections, firewalls can help prevent external attackers from accessing sensitive information and systems. Firewalls can also be used to limit access to specific applications and services, such as email or file sharing, and can help to enforce security policies such as data loss prevention. As a critical component of a comprehensive cyber security strategy, firewalls play a key role in protecting networks from external threats and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information.

Software updates

Regularly updating software to fix vulnerabilities and keep systems secure. Software updates are important in because they can fix vulnerabilities and keep systems secure. As attackers constantly search for new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in software, it is crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest security patches and software updates. These updates can address known security weaknesses, fix bugs, and improve performance. Failing to update software can leave systems open to potential exploitation by attackers, who can take advantage of known vulnerabilities to gain unauthorised access to sensitive information. By regularly updating software, we reduce the risk of a successful attack and help ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our sensitive information.


Monitoring the network for suspicious activity and taking immediate action to address any potential breaches. Monitoring is important because it helps detect and respond to potential security threats in real-time. By continuously monitoring network and system activity, our teams can identify and investigate suspicious activity, such as unusual login attempts or network traffic patterns. This information can be used to detect and respond to security incidents, such as data breaches or network intrusions, in a timely manner, helping to minimise the impact of the attack. Monitoring can also provide valuable data for forensic investigations and incident response planning, allowing internal security teams to better understand the nature and scope of an attack, and improve their overall security posture. Regular monitoring and reporting can also help us identify and remediate security weaknesses, and improve their overall security posture over time.

Backup and disaster recovery

Regularly backing up data and having a plan in place for disaster recovery can help minimise the impact of a potential breach. Backup and disaster recovery is important because it helps us prepare for and recover from data loss, data breaches, and other security incidents. Regular backups of sensitive information can provide a safety net in case of a data loss event, such as a hardware failure, natural disaster, or cyber attack. By having a well-designed disaster recovery plan in place, we can quickly recover from a security incident, minimise downtime, and ensure the availability of critical systems and data. This helps to ensure that businesses can continue to operate, even in the event of a security breach, and protects sensitive information from being lost or stolen. Regular testing and updating of backup and disaster recovery procedures help us ensure that they remain effective and can be relied upon in the event of a security incident.

Ensuring the security of data recorded, stored, and transmitted in off-grid surveillance and communications systems is crucial for delivering effective solutions. As customers become more aware of the need for cyber security, this aspect is becoming increasingly important in off-grid deployments. Implementing basic security measures and ensuring strict adherence to them can ensure end-to-end cyber security and improve the overall effectiveness of the off-grid system. Simply having the ability to transmit data to a monitoring centre is not sufficient anymore; secure data storage and transmission is imperative.


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