The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling more sophisticated capabilities through network-connected products and systems. As a result, Life Safety and Physical Security devices and systems are becoming more interconnected and connectable. While this growing innovation holds the promise of enhancing Life Safety and Physical Security, there are new and emerging risks that need to be addressed.
According to many recent reports and the U.S. government, not only is there a rise in the number of cyber attacks occurring – the sophistication of them has also advanced. It is imperative that Life Safety and Physical Security systems are evaluated for cybersecurity to help ensure reliability, decrease downtime, prevent damage to assets, mitigate risk, improve security, and maintain health and safety.
With our extensive expertise in software, hardware and interoperability, UL can help mitigate these concerns for manufacturers, vendors and their customers through our UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP) that utilizes the new UL 2900-1 standard for Life Safety and Physical Security systems.
UL CAP offers trusted third party support with the ability to evaluate both the security of network-connectable products and systems as well as the vendor processes for developing and maintaining products and systems with a security focus. The program allows vendors to concentrate on product innovation with emerging technologies and capabilities to meet the ongoing needs of the marketplace.
For increased flexibility, vendors can select the UL CAP services for Life Safety and Physical Security systems best suited for their current needs:
- Testing security criteria based on UL 2900-1 cybersecurity standard or specified requirements
- Testing leading to certification based on UL 2900-1 cybersecurity standard
- Evaluation and risk assessment of vendor processes for developing and maintaining Life Safety and Physical Security products and systems
- Training in security readiness for product design and sourcing third party components
Why Choose UL CAP for Life Safety and Physical Security
The UL CAP was developed with input from major stakeholders representing the U.S. Federal government, academia and industry to elevate the security measures deployed in the critical infrastructure supply chain. In fact, the UL CAP services and software security efforts are recognized within the U.S. White House Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) as a way to test and certify network-connectable devices within the IoT supply chain.
Early adoption of the UL CAP provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace and can help with mitigating risk including:
- Unplanned downtime and loss of production
- Costly harm to assets
- Reputational damage
As a third-party provider we reinforce a customer’s objective commitment to safety excellence, helping build buyer confidence through UL certification on products and systems.
Life Safety and Physical Security Product Evaluation Deliverables
|Certification||Certificate of compliance to UL 2900-1 indicating UL 2900 compliant|
|Testing||Test report based on some or all of UL 2900-1 requirements or customer specified requirements|