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Canadian Security Magazine Covers Scalar Study, Security Breach Costs Companies Up to $5.8M

May 24, 2019

Hikvision Canadian Scalar study security breach

Hikvision on Ways to Reduce Security Breach Risk

 

In the “Cost of cyber breach recovery hits all-time high of $5.8M: Scalar Security Study,” Canadian Security magazine covers Scalar’s 2019 Security Study conducted by IDC Canada, which found that security breach costs companies an average of between $4.8 to $5.8 million, up from the prior year.

“Canadian companies are still overconfident in their abilities to successfully defend against cybersecurity attacks. Many are now realizing the need to implement a cyber resiliency plan in order to better prepare, defend and respond to incidents. The rise in the percentage of successful [security] breaches coincides with the shift in cybersecurity efforts from protection against attacks to improving detection of malicious attacks, and responding to and recovering from incidents,” said Theo Van Wyk, chief technology officer for security at Scalar, in the article.

Other survey results include:

  • 9 percent of respondents were not confident in their organization’s ability to prevent security breach
  • 38.5 percent of stored data is considered confidential
  • Average days to recover from security breach increased to 19.4 days, up from 16.1 the prior year

Read more and download the study at this link.

For ways to reduce risk of security breach, read this Hikvision blog, “Security Magazine on Creating a Comprehensive Security Strategy to Reduce Concerns, Risk of Breach.”

IMPORTANT! This model requires non-standard firmware. Do Not Install standard firmware (e.g. v.4.1.xx) on this model. Doing so will permanently damage your system. You must use custom firmware v.4.1.25 from the iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S product page.

View the most updated version of this document here:

https://techsupportca.freshdesk.com/en/support/solutions/articles/17000113531-i-series-nvr-firmware-upgrade-instructions

 

The I-series NVR (such as the DS-7716NI-I4) is one of Hikvision's most popular and feature-rich recorders. As such, many firmware revisions have been introduced over the years to continually ensure the product is compatible with the newest technology available. Due to the many revisions, we recommend that the user closely follows the instructions below in order to reduce the amount of time spent as well as the chance of failure.

 

Database Optimization and Repair

As more affordable IP cameras are introduced over time with greater video resolution and data sizes, more efficient database management also becomes necessary. The introduction of firmware v4.0 brought about a new database architecture in order to be futureproof.

 

After upgrading to v4.X, the recorder database will need to be converted and optimized. If you are experiencing issues where playback is expected but not found, make sure "Database Repair" is performed as indicated in the procedures and scenarios below.

 

Preparing the Upgrade

Before proceeding with upgrade, it is recommended that NVR configuration file is exported from the NVR over the network or on to a local USB drive.

 

Upgrading from v3.4.92 build 170518 or Older

  1. All recorders must reach v3.4.92 before proceeding further. Upgrading from versions before v3.4.92 directly to any version of v4.X will likely cause the recorder to fail.
  2. If the recorder is already at v3.4.92, a full factory default is highly recommended before upgrading to any version of v4.X. There is a high chance of unit failure (requiring RMA) if the unit is not defaulted before upgrade.
  3. After reaching v3.4.92 and performing a full factory default, an upgrade directly to v4.50.00 is acceptable.
  4. After the upgrade is completed and the recorder is reprogrammed, it may be beneficial to perform a Database Repair. For details, refer to the section "Database Optimization and Repair" above.
  5. To verify repair progress, you may refer to the HDD status, or search the recorder log for repair started and stopped entries. Note that while the HDD is repairing, new recordings are still being made, but some existing recordings may not be searchable until repair is complete.
  6. If you continue to observe playback issues after database repair, ensure there are no power, network, or motion detection issues. Should the problem persist, contact technical support.

 

Upgrading from Any v4.X Build to v4.50.00.

  1. Any v4.X build can be upgraded directly to v4.50.00.
  2. Export configuration is highly recommended before performing the upgrade.
  3. If upgrading from any v4.X version that was not v4.22.005, a Database Repair is recommended. Refer to Step 4 and onwards in the previous section.

 

Downgrading

Downgrading is not recommended. Due to new features and parameters constantly being added, downgrading may cause the NVR to factory default itself or require a manual default to operate properly.

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