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Hikvision Senior Cybersecurity Director to Present Cybersecurity Educational Session, “Phishing and Malware and Botnets: What to Look Out for in the COVID Era,” at PSA TEC Conference

March 12, 2021

Hikvision HikWire blog article Hikvision Senior Cybersecurity Director to Present Cybersecurity Educational Session, “Phishing and Malware and Botnets: What to Look Out for in the COVID Era,” at PSA TEC Conference

Hikvision’s senior director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, will be presenting the cybersecurity educational session, “Phishing and Malware and Botnets: What to Look Out for in the COVID Era,” at the upcoming PSA TEC conference being held in-person in Denver and virtually during May 2021.

TEC is an annual conference hosted by the world’s largest systems integrator consortium PSA Security that provides educational and networking events for security integrators. TEC 2021 will be held live in-person at the Sheraton Downtown Denver from May 3-5 and virtually from May 3-6, 2021.  

Davis will present his session virtually on Thursday, May 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. MST. The presentation will cover the massive increase in phishing-related cybersecurity attacks brought up since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will provide a comprehensive overview of phishing:

Phishing is the No. 1 way that companies are compromised. Successful phishing attacks are often inventive, taking advantage of timely topics, and issues of concern to their victims. For example, March and April phishing attacks are often related to taxes, while October attacks may have to do with an election. COVID-19 has presented new opportunities for malicious hackers and more dangers for businesses. Add to that the number of people who are now working from home, without office security controls, and phishing attacks has greatly proliferated. To protect our businesses and those of our customers, it is important for integrators to understand how cybersecurity attacks happen, how to identify an attack and how to avoid becoming a victim.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to witness advanced phishing attack methods not seen by most people by participating in a mock attack. Participants will be able to see how one single computer at the mock security installation company can be used by an attacker to pivot and infect other systems within the company and how the attack develops from there. The course will cover preventative measures against phishing attacks and provide employee educational resources for attendees to bring back to their workplace and quickly implement.

Davis’ presentation will meet 3 Learning Objectives:

  1. See how easy it is to be fooled into a phishing attack.
  2. Understand how a phishing attack can escalate into a larger attack on your company and beyond.
  3. Know where to find tangible educational resources to bring back to your workplace and implement today.

Visit the TEC Conference website to learn more and to register.

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.

View the most updated version of this document here:
K-Series DVR upgrade instruction
The Turbo 4 Hybrid DVR K series has multiple models and across different platform and chipset. It also has similar firmware development of other recording product line; DVR K series has also introduced the GUI4.0 to ensure the series to be compatible to the newest technology available. The new database architecture is also brought into the DVR firmware v4.0 to be future proof and for better recording search experience. 
 


Database Optimization and Repair

As more affordable cameras 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 optimize. If you are experiencing issues, where playback is expected but not found, please make sure to perform "Database Rebuild" as indicated in the procedures and scenarios below.
 


Preparing the Upgrade

Before proceeding with upgrade, it is recommend exporting DVR configuration file from the DVR over the network or on to a local USB drive.

 

Action after firmware upgraded 

1. Upgrade the DVR according to the chart above. 

2. Reconfirming Channel's Recording Schedule 

    - Confirm channel's recording schedule is enable. 

    - Check if the channel is on correct recording schedule.

3. Double Check Storage Setting

    - Make sure all channel are assigned to record on its HDD group when the Storage setting is under Group Mode. 

4. Perform Database Rebuild locally. 

    • Some version above support Database Rebuild via web access - K51 and K72

    • Perform Database Rebuild regardless if system is having any database issue symptom. 

    • Database Rebuild process is average ~30 to 60min per TB. The process may still varies depends recording data.

    • After Database Rebuild - Check log to confirm Database Rebuild has went thru properly. 

    • If Database Rebuild Started and Stopped log has been log only within few minutes. Database rebuild may not has been completed properly. It is strongly recommend performing the Database Rebuild again.

    • To check log > System > Log > Information > Database Rebuild Started and Stopped.

    • If the log option is not available - access system via SSH can also obtain similar result.

5. Recording Data is still missing after database rebuild process. 

If the data has not been recorded or has been overwritten, Database rebuild process is not able retrieve those lost data. Have the system upgraded to the latest available firmware version above to prevent any future data lost is strongly recommended for all application.

 

 

 

 

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