Hikvision names Chuck Davis Director of Cybersecurity in North America

Hikvision USA Inc., the North American provider of video surveillance products and solutions, announced that Chuck Davis has been named Director of Cybersecurity for Hikvision North America. With more than 20 years’ experience building world-class cybersecurity programmes for large enterprise organisations, Davis comes to Hikvision from IBM, where he worked as an executive security architect. He designed and managed the global malware defence and vulnerability management programmes at IBM and was a thought leader and architect 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, building and managing the company’s comprehensive cyberdefense programme. Davis, together with Hikvision Security Lab at Hikvision headquarters, will lead the cybersecurity programme for Hikvision North America, overseeing all internal and external cybersecurity initiatives and programmes in the region.

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 certification needs for our products and our vertical markets.”

Education and outreach are of paramount importance in an effective cybersecurity programme, Davis said. “We’ll be extending our efforts to work with our partners on cybersecurity best practices,” he said.

Davis said he believes manufacturers should secure products against known vulnerabilities, and “they should have a robust programme in place to learn of new vulnerabilities and to react to the discovery of a new vulnerabilities. We will continuously be working to fine tune the Hikvision processes in North America to minimise the potential for vulnerabilities, and also to react, respond and communicate with our customers as quickly and as effectively as possible.”