Hikvision Cybersecurity Director: Roles and Responsibilities to Avoid Cybersecurity Breach

January 4, 2018


Hikvision’s director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, together with the Hikvision Security Lab at Hikvision headquarters, is leading the cybersecurity program for Hikvision North America, overseeing all internal and external cybersecurity initiatives and programs in the region.

In a Security InfoWatch article, Davis said he believes manufacturers should secure products against known vulnerabilities, and “they should have a robust program in place to learn of new vulnerabilities and to react to the discovery of a new vulnerabilities. We will continuously be working to fine tune the Hikvision processes in North America to minimize the potential for vulnerabilities, and also to react, respond and communicate with our customers as quickly and as effectively as possible.”

Davis outlines some roles and responsibilities for manufacturers, installers and end users to minimize cybersecurity risks.

Manufacturers should:

  • Test software and hardware regularly
  • Respond to and communicate about vulnerabilities quickly
  • Create good cybersecurity best practices documentation and education

Installers, resellers, and architects should:

  • Understand and educate themselves on cybersecurity best practices
  • Create network architectures and support models that promote those practices
  • Regularly communicate with manufacturers about potential threats and vulnerabilities
  • Ensure that firmware is up to date on installed equipment and that passwords are changed from default to complex

Owners/End users should:

  • Understand that they own, and are responsible for, the devices that they put on the Internet
  • Keep firmware and patches up to date by either maintaining those devices or keeping a support contract with someone who will

“This is the way servers, personal computers and mobile devices are supported today and the world of IoT must follow the lead in order to responsibly reside on the open Internet,” Davis added.

For more cybersecurity tips, click here.

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