The US President signed the 2019 NDAA into law in August 2018. Part of the NDAA bans the use of Dahua and Hikvision Camera technology (as well as their OEMs) for US government agencies, for US government-funded contracts and possible for “critical infrastructure” and “national security” usage. These rules that have been promulgated across all federal government agencies has a critical deadline, which is replace these cameras prior to August 13, 2019. Under (c) EFFECTIVE DATES. —The prohibition under subsection (a)(1) shall take effect one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, and the prohibitions under sub-” Several other names were listed under the prohibition.

The State of Vermont issued a stricter declaration for their agencies this past year as well. “The agency has determined that the risks presented by Kaspersky-branded products or services, and covered telecommunications equipment or services including those provided by Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hangzou Hikvision Technology or Dahua Technology” were sufficient to justify the ban.” (Burlington Free Press; Feb 2019). Similarly, the technologies listed in the State ban includes various cameras and some network switches.

The rules have a significant impact on companies that are receiving federal grant money or are heavily involved in government contracts. Under the various Federal and State directives, these cameras should be removed and replaced as soon as possible. “As we discover technologies that have been banned, we have advised clients and contractors to stop utilizing Hikvision and related products in various deployments based on security concerns brought forth by the Federal Government,” stated Lary Holland. “Likewise, we do not recommend the use of any of the banned manufacturers in ANY deployment, whether or not in an affected jurisdiction,” Holland further stated.