Last Chance to Apply for $30K in SIA RISE Scholarship Funds for Young Security Professionals, Deadline October 15

October 11, 2018

Hikvision Sales Associate Awarded Previous SIA Scholarship Funds, Applied to Cybersecurity Training

Hikvision Sales Associate Awarded Previous SIA Scholarship Funds, Applied to Cybersecurity Training


Young security professionals interested in securing one of ten $3,000 grants from the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) SIA RISE scholarship have until Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 to submit their online applications.

SIA launched the RISE group in 2016 to foster the career development of young professionals in the security industry. RISE membership is open to professionals under the age of 40 or those have been in the security industry less than two years, and who are employees of SIA member companies.

Through this scholarship program, 10 scholarships worth $3,000 each will be awarded, and funds can be used “to expand professional knowledge in the areas of human resources, information technology, marketing/sales, project management, security engineering and risk management,” according to the SIA announcement.

“SIA RISE represents the next generation of security professionals, and it’s critical for this group to have access to training and education to help them in their careers. SIA is proud to support the careers of young professionals in the security industry through its scholarship program and offerings, and looks forward to awarding these 2018 funds,” said Don Erickson, SIA’s CEO.

Young professionals who are either a SIA student member or a RISE member and an employee of a SIA member company are welcome to apply here.

Hikvision is a SIA member company, and encourages all its eligible employees to submit an application for the RISE scholarship.

Hikvision sales associate, Matthew Elder, was awarded a RISE scholarship earlier this year. About the award, Elder said: “I will use the funds to take multiple courses, including Microsoft’s Professional Program in Data Science and the University of Washington’s Essentials of Cybersecurity. I believe that data and its understanding is the key to growth in life and business.”

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.

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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 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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