Security Magazine Names Hikvision’s Chuck Davis one of ‘Top Cybersecurity Leaders Of 2021,’ Award Recognizes Security Executives Making Significant Contributions to Cybersecurity
Security magazine on March 1 named Hikvision’s Senior Director of Cybersecurity Chuck Davis, as one of the magazine’s “Top Cybersecurity Leaders of 2021.” The award recognizes security executives who have made and continue to make significant contributions to cybersecurity, within their own organizations and the security industry.
The call for nominations sought “leaders that are not only mitigating risk within their organizations and furthering the profession of cybersecurity, but those that are innovative, forward-thinkers and thought-leaders in the industry.”
Davis is a highly credentialed and accomplished cybersecurity professional. He currently leads the Hikvision organization, a global company with more than 40,000 employees and 59 branch offices and subsidiaries around the world. As its senior cybersecurity director, he is responsible for The Americas, New Zealand + Australia, and APAC regions. Davis came to the security industry from IBM in 2017, and he has made a major positive impact on Hikvision, overseeing the achievement of many milestones, and raising the company’s cybersecurity game to industry-leading status. He has also eagerly shares his cybersecurity expertise with the security industry as a whole. He sits on several boards, has numerous certifications, is a co-author of two books, and the author of several patents.
In the four years since Davis joined the company, he has built a global cybersecurity organization from the ground up. During his tenure, Hikvision has achieved several cybersecurity milestones, including:
- Opening the security industry’s first and only Source Code Transparency Center at Hikvision USA’s Los Angeles headquarters, where government and law enforcement officials may examine the source code for Hikvision cameras and NVRs.
- Establishing a cybersecurity testing lab in California and a cybersecurity hotline.
- In 2018, Hikvision became a CVE CNA (CVE Numbering Authority), and has committed to continuing to work with third-party white-hat hackers and security researchers to find, patch and publicly release updates to products in a timely manner.
- In August 2018, Hikvision was granted certification for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, which is a U.S. government standard used to evaluate and validate encryption. It is “widely recognized as the de-facto standard for cryptographic modules.” FIPS 140-2 was created by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Davis’ philosophy is summed up in his words: “Physical security companies should be competitors in the marketplace, but they need to be allies in cyberspace. Cybersecurity experts at leading IT companies regularly collaborate to defend against cybersecurity attacks. The security industry needs to do the same. That’s the way to strengthen security industry products, policies and practices. And it’s the best way to keep our businesses and employees safe from cybersecurity threats.”
Hikvision is pleased that Security magazine recognized Chuck Davis alongside other awardees for the “Top Cybersecurity Leaders of 2021.” View this link to read the full article and list of award recipients.