SIA Encourages Participation in Cybersecurity Initiatives to Recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 17, 2018

Hikvision Launches Cybersecurity Initiatives, Hosts Series of Blogs for NCSAM

Hikvision Launches Cybersecurity Initiatives, Hosts Series of Blogs for NCSAM


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint effort between the U.S. government and industry designed to improve cybersecurity awareness, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) is encouraging members to engage its cybersecurity initiatives in recognition of NCSAM.

From the article: “The Security Industry Association (SIA) supports National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and encourages members to follow the tenets of responsible connectivity year-round. Specifically, we have developed and partnered with other organizations to provide access to resources that help SIA members incorporate these themes into their overall cybersecurity postures.”

SIA cybersecurity initiatives that members can access include the following:

  • SIA Cyber Office Hours: Monthly webinars where member questions are answered by an experienced cybersecurity researcher
  • SIA Beginners Guide to Product and System Hardening
  • SIA Cybersecurity Advisory Board Enterprise Security Recommendations
  • The 2019 Cyber:Secured Forum, which will be held July 29-31, 2019, at the Westin Dallas Park Central in Dallas, Texas. This event will provide a forum for security professionals to exchange information on cyber hardening and other cybersecurity resources.

A soon to be released resource is SIA’s 2018 Wall Street Journal Pro Cybersecurity Benchmarking Study. The partnership between SIA, the Wall Street Journal and third-party research firm, ESI ThoughtLab, will “share benchmarking data and analysis from executives in various customer-facing sectors about how they invest to achieve higher levels of cybersecurity readiness,” according to the SIA.

For more about NCSAM, SIA and its cybersecurity initiatives, click here.

Hikvision also launched a series of cybersecurity initiatives over the last year, including a cybersecurity hotline and its Source Code Transparency Center, for which it was lauded by industry publication Security Sales & Integration as being “among the most proactive manufacturers” in the realm of cybersecurity.

Earlier this year, Hikvision’s cybersecurity director, Chuck Davis, was appointed to the SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board.

Hikvision kicked off NCSAM with the blog, “Hikvision Helps To Raise Cybersecurity Awareness During US Government’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” The company will post more blogs this month for NCSAM, providing insights to help secure homes, workplaces and the global Internet at large.

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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