After a successful rollout in the U.S. earlier this year, Amazon is expanding support for end-to-end encryption for video captured on its Ring products.
“By default, Ring already encrypts customer videos when they are uploaded to the cloud (in transit) and stored on Ring’s servers (at rest),” Ring CTO Josh Roth wrote in an Amazon blog Tuesday.
“Now,” he continued, “customers around the world, with eligible Ring devices, can opt into video end-to-end encryption, to add an extra layer of security that only allows their videos to be viewed on their enrolled mobile device.”
Jon Jarboe, a developer advocate at Accurics, a cyber resilience company in Pleasanton, Calif. explained that end-to-end encryption is a security best practice because it protects the confidentiality of communications — controlling who is able to see or hear the communication.
“Modern internet-connected systems typically send communications across many networks and devices, from the camera device over the air to a router, through the internet to a server, and back out to a viewing device.
“If the communication is not properly encrypted,” he continued, “anybody can view it, if they can intercept it at some point along that path.”
Compelling for Consumers
End-to-end encryption can be compelling for consumers, observed Mark N. Vena, senior director for smart home and strategy at Parks Associates in Addison, Texas.
“Our research indicates that privacy still remains a big concern about smart home devices with many customers,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Having encryption is a big deal. Amazon should be applauded for adding that capability with its Ring cameras.”
End-to-end encryption can also boost consumer confidence in a product, maintained Jonathan Collins, a research director at ABI Research.