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Study Finds Growth in Zero Trust Network Architecture Since Pandemic, Aims to Address Security Vulnerabilities & Concerns

November 18, 2020

Hikvision HikWire blog article Growth in Zero Trust Network Architecture Since Pandemic

Hikvision Senior Cybersecurity Director on Zero Trust to Reduce Vulnerabilities

 

A new report covered in the Security magazine article, “Sixty percent of organizations have accelerated zero trust projects in response to COVID-19,” found the majority of respondents are seeking to improve network security with Zero Trust since the pandemic hit.

Zero Trust is a security approach that aims to improve network architecture, making it more secure and reducing the chances of a successful security breach.

The “Enterprise Zero Trust Networking Strategies” survey covered in Security magazine was conducted by Enterprise Management Associates and Pulse Secure and includes feedback from more than 250 IT professionals.

“Enterprises are clearly accelerating efforts to adopt Zero Trust networking initiatives. The survey shows that organizations that move forward with formal initiatives and budget are more likely to achieve implementation success and operational gain. We appreciate Pulse Secure’s support and sponsorship of this report that organizations can use to benchmark and progress their Zero Trust programs,” said Shamus McGillicuddy, VP of research at Enterprise Management Associates, in the article.

The research also found that:

  • 85 percent of respondents have defined their Zero Trust plans.
     
  • The majority of organizations, 94 percent, stated their Zero Trust initiatives have been positive and successful.
     
  • 45 percent of Zero Trust projects were implemented using formal tools and processes for sharing across teams.

Hikvision’s senior director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, wrote about using the Zero Trust Network architecture to improve cybersecurity and address security concerns in SecurityInfoWatch.com. Davis confirmed that applying the architecture of Zero Trust is a sound approach to cybersecurity. Referencing insights from IBM, network compromises can come from nearly any source, and insider threats “account for 60 percent of cyberattacks.” Read more here.

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.

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