In late May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that includes an amendment that prohibits federal agencies from purchasing video surveillance equipment from several China-based firms, including Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications. The ban was included as part of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act proposed by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) that had originally only been limited to the government’s use of technologies and services from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.
Hikvision is facing the issue head on. This includes public and private-sector deployments. “We are actively working to assure our North American stakeholders that Hikvision strictly abides by the laws and regulations of each country in which it operates,” he said in the statement. “We also reaffirm the fact that we hold our products to the industry’s global cybersecurity standards, including North America.”
Hikvision is a leading provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other emerging technologies, and is the world’s largest video surveillance manufacturer. Featuring an extensive and highly skilled R&D workforce, Hikvision manufactures a full suite of comprehensive products and solutions for a broad range of vertical markets. Beyond security, Hikvision products provide important data and business intelligence for end users, which can be used to enable greater commercial success and more efficient operations. Committed to the utmost quality and safety of its products, Hikvision encourages partners to take advantage of the many cybersecurity resources Hikvision offers, including the Hikvision Cybersecurity Center.
Hikvison has since worked with the Department of Homeland Security to fix the flaw that many of its cameras could be hacked and remotely controlled. In fact, cybersecurity reassurance of Hikvision products for both public and private sector users and channel partners has been one of the company’s primary messages for nearly a year. In addition to its publishing of an extensive “cybersecurity center” on its website that includes advice for best practices, as well as patches, firmware updates and security notices, the company has launched a “cybersecurity hotline” as well as a cybersecurity roadshow for its channel partners and hired cybersecurity expert Chuck Davis as its Director of Cybersecurity. In addition, Hikvision opened a Source Code Transparency Center to provide an opportunity for government agencies in both the United States and Canada to review the source code of a number of IP cameras, NVRs and other products sold by the company.