SIA Releases New Benchmarking Study ‘The Cybersecurity Imperative,’ Collaboration with Wall Street Journal

November 1, 2018

Hikvision’s Cybersecurity Blog Series Offers Resources for Partners and Employees

Hikvision’s Cybersecurity Blog Series Offers Resources for Partners and Employees


The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released The Cybersecurity Imperative, a new benchmarking study produced in partnership with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and ESI Thoughtlab, which provides insight into the current and future cybersecurity landscape, according to an article in Security Systems News (SSN).

The research uncovered that cyber risks increase as companies embrace new technologies, and if cybersecurity practices don’t keep up with an organization’s digital transformation, cyberattacks can cost up to $1 million or more.

“Companies need to make sure that their cybersecurity programs keep pace with their digital transformation effort. Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought. It needs to be integrated into the fabric of an organization’s growth strategy,” said Lou Celi, CEO of ESI ThoughtLab and director of the study, in the SSN article.

Leading 2018 cyber threat vectors from the study include malware, phishing, ransomware, viruses, and attacks from apps. The report predicts that by the year 2020, we will see increases in the following four key cyber threat vectors:

  1. More than 240 percent increase in attacks through partners, customers and vendors
  2. More than 140 percent increase in supply chains
  3. More than 140 percent growth in denial of service
  4. More than 80 percent growth in each: apps and embedded systems

Eighty-seven percent of companies surveyed believe that the greatest threat to cybersecurity is untrained staff. Fifty-seven percent believe their primary vulnerability is sharing data with vendors and partners, according to the report.

Click here to read the SSN article. Click this link for more at SIA online about the joint study with the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity and ESI Thoughtlab.

Hikvision’s cybersecurity blog series outlines best practices to create complex passwords, identify phishing attacks, prevent malware and provides resources to help employees and partners improve their cybersecurity. The most recent blog in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is by Hikvision’s director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, and offers ways to protect yourself online with web browser security tips, password and operating system security insights. Click this link to read the blog, “Protecting Yourself Online.”

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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