Tips to Boost Cybersecurity for Employees, Reduce Security Concerns, Vulnerabilities & Threats

January 12, 2021

Hikvision HikWire blog article Tips to Boost Cybersecurity for Employees

Hikvision Recommendations for Secure Online Shopping: Reduce Security Concerns and Vulnerabilities


As employees continue to work remotely and online shopping grows, cybersecurity risks remain a threat. Security magazine offers tips to boost cybersecurity and reduce potential concerns, cyber threats and vulnerabilities for employees in its article, “A remote holiday season: Top tips to boost security as cyber hygiene diminishes.”

With employees work virtually from anywhere, the likelihood is they will browse websites—some of these sites may pose a security threat for phishing, malware, or other security concerns, according to the article. 

From the article: “To add to the complexity [of the current situation], most devices, whether corporate-issued or personally owned, are being used off-network, which often means a loss of visibility and control, and subsequently an increased risk for breach. When corporate assets, network applications, and cloud services are being accessed by under-secured or unmanaged endpoints, the cybersecurity threat surface created by the work-from-home phenomenon broadens. Without new strategies and tools, organizations are likely to fall victim to a higher number of cybersecurity breaches, which could take longer to detect and be costlier and more complex to recover from.”

The story provides several recommendations to boost cybersecurity, including:

  • Help employees connect to the company Virtual Private Network (VPN): If VPNs are overloaded employees may attempt to complete tasks without connecting to it. A simple solution can be to increase VPN capacity. While VPNs are helpful, they do have some drawbacks. Read this Hikvision article for tips to enhance VPN security.
  • Use a Zero Trust network approach: The article describes Zero Trust as giving users “access to what is required to complete their job duties,” with administrators assigning applications by user. This reduces risk by limiting the spread of malware throughout a network, for example. Hikvision’s senior director of cybersecurity covered Zero Trust networks in this Hikvision blog.

Using certain tools and tips, employees can shop online with more security, reducing an organization’s concerns about threats and vulnerabilities. Read this Hikvision blog that outlines several recommendations, such as shopping on secure websites and using a password manager: “Part 1: Secure Online Shopping: Insights from Hikvision’s Senior Cybersecurity Director to Reduce Security Concerns and Cyber Vulnerabilities.”


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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