Reducing Security Concerns Related to Rapid Digital Transformation

April 14, 2021

Hikvision HikWire blog article Reducing Security Concerns Related to Rapid Digital Transformation

Hikvision Covers Report on Security Concerns Related to Digital Transformation, Financial Sector


The Security magazine article, “How to digitally transform your enterprise—securely,” outlines several major themes to help organizations protect data, reduce security concerns and enhance cybersecurity in the face of rapid digital transformation.

From the article: “Digital transformation has been a major goal of many organizations for some time. However, the pandemic has accelerated timelines from 4-6 years to 4-6 months. Global remote work and increased digital interactions—be it video, voice, or messaging—means an exponential growth in digital footprint for individuals, as well as corporations. Suddenly having to store, process, and move this much data quickly into the cloud and manage the expanded digital footprint requires agility of decision making, cloud native infrastructure, and security and privacy by design implementation and operation.”

Trends to boost cybersecurity from the article include:

  • Leverage data in several ways: Organizations can leverage data for business decisions and to empower employees, while also ensuring good cyber hygiene to protect data and maintain compliance with global privacy laws.
  • Cultivate a culture of privacy: Create an organizational culture that is focused on privacy and security. The article’s author gives the example of the Zero Trust model, which Hikvision’s senior cybersecurity director explained as a network architecture “that treats the internal network of an organization as a hostile environment by trusting no one.” The article also references “privacy by design,” an approach that incorporates privacy into network systems and technologies.

Making decisions in real-time on a routine, ongoing basis can enable organizations to digitally transform with security in mind. Read the entire article here.

Read more about digital transformation in this Hikvision blog: “Study Finds Digital Transformation Increases Risk of Hacks, Security Breach and other Concerns in Financial Sector.”

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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