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DEC 2017

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S ec U r ITY SYST em S N e WS December 2017 suppliers 27 Hikvision hires new cybersecurity executive By Paul Ragusa CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.— Hikvision USA Inc., a video sur- veillance products and solutions company based here, announced t h a t C h u c k D a v i s h a s b e e n named director of cybersecurity for Hikvision North America. Davis comes to Hikvision from IBM, where he worked as an executive security architect designing and managing the g l o b a l m a l - ware defense a n d v u l n e r- ability man- agement pro- grams at IBM. He also was a thought lead- er and archi- tect of IBM's Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT). From 2011 to 2015, Davis worked for The Hershey Company as manager of global cyber defense, b u i l d i n g a n d m a n a g i n g t h e company's comprehensive cyber- defense program. " H i r i n g C h u c k D a v i s i s a n i m p o rt a n t m i l e s t o n e f o r H i k v i s i o n N o rt h A m e r i c a , " Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc. and Hikvision Canada Inc., said in the announcement. "As the largest video surveil- lance provider in the world, we have a responsibility to also be a leader in cybersecurity defense. We've made significant invest- ment in the Hikvision cyberse- curity program over the past few years. We're continuing to step up our efforts." Davis, together with Hikvision Security Lab at Hikvision head- quarters, will lead the cyberse- curity program for Hikvision North America, overseeing all internal and external cyberse- curity initiatives and programs in the region. "Cybersecurity needs to be a concern for everyone in this industry," Davis told Security Systems News in an email inter- view. "So our challenge here at Hikvision is the same as other video surveillance providers. The difference is that we are the leading video surveillance pro- vider in the world, so we believe it is our responsibility to be the best in terms of cybersecurity defense. It's a huge challenge, but everyone here at Hikvision is onboard." Davis said his short-term goal is to "build up a better interface and relationships with security researchers, lead the initiative to work with ethical hackers, and examine cybersecurity certifica- tion needs for our products and our vertical markets." Education and outreach are of paramount importance in an effective cybersecurity program, he said, noting, "We'll be extend- ing our efforts to work with our partners on cybersecurity best practices." Davis said he believes manu- facturers should secure products against known vulnerabilities, and "they should have a robust program in place to learn of new He continued, "We're looking at ways to make the Hikvision Security Center on our website even better, with more extensive resources. I'm in the beginning stages of reviewing documents, such as the hardening guide, on the site right now." A technologist, Davis holds seven U.S. patents, three pat- e n t s - p e n d i n g , 1 0 i n v e n t i o n disclosures, and he also has co- authored two books. In addition to his work as a cybersecurity professional, Davis is an adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Denver, teach- ing master's degree courses in Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics. SSN vulnerabilities and to react to the discovery of new vulnerabilities. We will continuously be work- ing to fine tune the Hikvision processes in North America to minimize the potential for vul- nerabilities, and also to react, respond and communicate with our customers as quickly and as effectively as possible." Chuck Davis

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