UL has launched its new SafeCyber Digital Security Platform. This new suite of solutions aimed at democratizing IoT security and empowering key organizations, such as device manufacturers, suppliers and systems integrators, to take charge of their connected ecosystems.
According to UL, the SafeCyber Digital Security Platform covers everything from smart home devices and sophisticated medical devices, to advanced automotive and Industry 4.0 technology. UL asserts the new security platform is designed to mitigate the growing volume of cybersecurity threats facing organizations.
“The proliferation of connected devices has unlocked immense new economic potential, but it has also introduced a flurry of cybersecurity risks that can materially impact businesses,” says Jukka Makinen, managing director of the Identity Management and Security division at UL.
“SafeCyber helps organizations holistically understand and assess risk, allowing both new and existing assets to be designed and maintained to conform with the latest cybersecurity legislation and best practices.”
SafeCyber Security Platform Helps Companies to Minimize Risks
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Underscoring the need for cyber security, UL points out a recent study from Statista that suggests the roughly 8.74 billion connected devices in use in 2020 will swell to over 25.4 billion by 2030, and as connectivity demands increase organizations will face new cybersecurity threats. UL notes that a recent study revealed that supply chain attacks rose by 42% in the first quarter of 2021 via 27 third-party vendors. The testing and certification company says that when these factors are combined with a fast-moving and complex global regulatory landscape, more organizations will need a streamlined and comprehensive solution to assess their overall cybersecurity risk.
As part of its launch of the SafeSecurity platform, UL also introduced its Maturity Path capability, which it says is a solution that provides device manufacturers, suppliers and system integrators with a maturity assessment for connected device security to build sustainable product security governance and processes.
UL also announced that it will offer its Firmware Check and Field Monitoring capabilities within the SafeCyber platform. Firmware Check will provide stakeholders with a security check on firmware implementations currently under development. Field Monitoring will enable those organizations to perform security checks on firmware already in the field at scale. These capabilities will deliver detailed reporting on issues that could impact firmware security that include:
- Software composition analysis and software bill of materials
- Known/common vulnerabilities and exposures
- Unknown vulnerabilities (zero-day vulnerabilities)
- Compliance analysis against supported standards and guidelines, including UL’s IoT Security Rating Program, ETSI 303 645, ISO 21434 and IEC 62443 4-2, among others
UL emphasizes Maturity Path, along with Firmware Check and Field Monitoring, are available to SafeCyber customers effective immediately.
“For more than 125 years, UL has been a trusted partner helping organizations ensure the safety and compliance of their products and solutions,” boasts Makinen.
“Today’s launch of SafeCyber marks an important milestone in our long-term vision to develop a best-in-class capability that helps organizations move beyond a compliance mindset, and toward a proactive stance that enables them to actively manage their security posture in what is becoming an increasingly connected, ever-evolving threat landscape.”