Security Magazine Covers Security Concerns and Cyber Trends for 2019

April 23, 2019

Hikvision security concerns and cyber threats 2019

Hikvision on Cyber Threats and Predicted Trends


A recent article by Security magazine outlined several 2019 cybersecurity trends and security concerns, including an increase in IoT attacks, a shift in data privacy laws, and the use of machine learning to identify and respond to threats.

From the article: “Multiple cyberattacks and compromise of personal information of millions of people globally show that the complexity and intensity of cybersecurity attacks are on the rise, and it could have broader political and economic ramifications. As cybercrimes become more lucrative and cybercriminals become smarter, cybersecurity too will have to be intelligence-driven, enabling a swift response to the advanced attacks. As [security] breaches get harder to detect, the stakes for protecting one's organization from cyber threats will get higher this year.”

Predicted trends include:

  • Use of machine learning by businesses to process large amount of data and boost cybersecurity efforts, enabling them to identify and respond to cyber threats more quickly. However, cybercriminals may also leverage this tool “to launch sophisticated attacks via AI botnets, better-designed phishing attacks and make it more challenging to identify complex attacks,” according to the article.
  • The growth of IoT (Internet of things) devices comes along with an increase in cyberattacks on these devices. From the article: “Due to the lack of any industry-wide framework and standards, IoT security is left to respective vendors and device manufacturers, whose focus is often on the functionality of the device rather than the potential risks and consequences. In the backdrop of emerging threats, regulatory frameworks or guidelines addressing security concerns is the need of the hour.”
  • Consumers are seeking better data protection measures following many high-profile security breaches, and government agencies are also seeking solutions. Companies will need to examine and plan for data privacy and protection, and should anticipate more regulation this year.

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Hikvision Covers Cyber Threats and Predicted Trends
For more about 2019 cyber threats, read the Hikvision blog, “Cyber Experts Weigh In On 2019 Threats, Agree Proactive Approach To Cybersecurity is Best to Reduce Security Concerns.” An excerpt from the blog: “From cyberattacks on major corporations to breaches on vulnerable industrial control systems and the potential weaponization of AI to an exploding IoT universe traversed with threats, cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics as the landscape of digital technology expands. Protecting information that is stored in the corporate cloud or carried in the smartphone of employees leaves security professionals in a constant struggle to find mitigation strategies that work.”

Another Hikvision cybersecurity blog outlined cyber threats businesses can address based on Aon’s 2019 Cybersecurity Risk Report. Check it out at this link.

The report outlines eight cyber threats, which include the following:

  • IoT devices pose a security concern, and as the number of IoT endpoints increases, the risk of breach is also expected to grow.
  • An increase in Internet connectivity to fuel business operations could make it easier for hackers to attack networks.
  • Employees pose a risk for security breach. The article recommends “a comprehensive approach to mitigate insider risks, including strong data governance, communicating cybersecurity policies throughout the organization, and implementing effective access and data-protection controls.”

For the entire catalogue of Hikvision cybersecurity articles, visit this link.

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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