Connectivity is a two-edged sword. Online communication is a given in today’s world, and you simply must have digital connections with customers, vendors and business partners. But each new online interface you create opens a new gateway to cybercriminals. All it takes is one weak link to put your entire system at risk.
Even if you have a robust cybersecurity plan in place at your own company, you’re still vulnerable to security shortcomings engineered into the actual software and systems you purchase from others. While it’s assumed that technology companies are proactive themselves, it can be difficult to judge the effectiveness of claimed safety measures. Are the technology vendors you trust really delivering the security they promise? Maybe you’d feel more confident with a new security watchdog keeping an eye on things, namely the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP), the first ever cybersecurity certification for industry functions, including industrial control systems, medical devices, automotive, HVAC, lighting, smart home systems, appliances, alarm and fire systems, building automation, network equipment and consumer electronics.
Long-recognized for its trusted third-party testing, validation, inspection and audits, UL works with technology companies interested in securing UL CAP certification to proactively identify software weaknesses, minimize exploitation, address known malware, review security measures and increase security awareness. Once each existing or new product meets the security standards outlined by UL, they are rewarded with UL certification.
In turn, companies (such as yours), can source UL CAP certified products. This not only adds to your confidence that the technology you’re using is secure, but it can prove a competitive market advantage when highlighted to clients.
We believe this new security standard is likely to become not only a mark of excellence, but likely a client and corporate expectation. If you’d like to learn more about UL CAP, simply call 1-877-UL-HELPS, e-mail ULCyber@ul.com or visit ul.com/cybersecurity.