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Global security threats are rising, and the United States has taken action to protect national security by prohibiting the use of federal funds to procure certain telecommunication and video security equipment.
If you’re a government agency or a recipient of government grants and looking to use the funding to procure video security solutions, Section 889 imposes certain restrictions on what you can buy.
Section 889 generally prohibits procuring or obtaining any equipment, system or service that uses “covered telecommunications equipment or services” as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. This includes extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain these equipment, systems or services.
“Covered telecommunications equipment or services” include:
Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates);
Certain video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company (or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates);
Telecommunications or video surveillance services provided by such entities or using such equipment.
This guide covers NDAA compliant cameras under Section 889, what this means for your organization and how to procure NDAA compliant security cameras and systems. It also identifies the video security companies that provide NDAA compliant cameras under Section 889.
NDAA compliant security cameras: why does it matter?
For federal agencies and organizations receiving U.S. government funding, the NDAA impacts their purchase of video security equipment and systems.
The federal government enacted Section 889 to combat growing concerns around national security threats posed by video equipment made by certain Chinese manufacturers. There are several reasons why the federal government took this step. For example, networked devices, such as cameras, can be used as entry points to obtain secured data.
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What does NDAA Section 889 mean for my organization?
Section 889 of the NDAA generally prohibits federal agencies from buying and federal grant recipients from using federal funds to purchase certain equipment manufactured by named Chinese manufacturers.
Using federal funds to buy equipment identified in section 889 could jeopardize your compliance with federal law and expose your organization to cybersecurity threats that may negatively affect your business. For example, if your security technology is hacked, you become susceptible to eavesdropping, accessing classified data or disrupting operations that could have far-reaching consequences.
NDAA Section 889 compliant cameras
Firstly, NDAA compliant means equipment that is not manufactured by any of the named Chinese manufacturers prohibited under Section 889. To ensure that your security cameras comply with Section 889 of the NDAA, it is best to avoid equipment manufactured by Dahua, Hikvision, Huawei, Hytera, ZTE or any of their affiliates.
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How to check if your site uses NDAA Section 889 compliant CCTV
Suppose you are a federal agency or an organization that receives U.S. Government funding. In that case, you should conduct a comprehensive site audit to check if your premises use products subject to the NDAA Section 889 procurement prohibitions. A qualified security integrator can carry out this assessment if you’re unsure how to approach it.
Once the audit is completed, you will know if you have any cameras or equipment provided by Chinese manufacturers or companies subject to the prohibitions under Section 889. If such products are installed at your site, it is recommended that you replace them with products not subject to the prohibitions.
Here is a list of camera companies that reportedly do not manufacture using companies subject to the prohibition under section 889:
Hanwha Techwin America
Please note this is not a comprehensive list and new updates happen frequently.
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NDAA Section 889 compliant security cameras: Next steps
For federal government agencies or recipients of federal funding, you should consider replacing camera systems or cameras manufactured by the companies identified in the NDAA. Contact a trusted video security dealer who will identify what needs to be replaced and the best alternatives.
It’s also helpful to know that security camera manufacturers, such as Pelco and Avigilon, have published information regarding NDAA compliance, including official website statements.
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