UL opened a laboratory dedicated to the cyber-security in Frankfurt

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From the letf: Patricia A. Lacina, Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt; Herbert Hunkel, Major of Neu-Isenburg; Ingo M. Rübenach, VP for UL’s central, eastern and southern European regions; Rachna Stegall, VP of the “Connected Technologies” area at UL; and Don Talka, SVP and Chief Engineer at UL.

The growth and the scope of cyber-security challenges across almost every aspect of modern business in Europe calls for local solutions. To meet this need and to support local industry, UL has inaugurated its new cyber-security laboratory in Frankfurt, combining the inauguration and a two-days forum on the cyber-security. The event brought together a range of industry stakeholders including brand manufacturers, researchers and political guests. Key sessions focused on emerging threats in cyber-security (such as side channel attacks that have become well-known through the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities) as well as management briefings including demos and discussions. In addition to the forum and lab opening events, participants had the opportunity to network and exchange information. The IECEE (IEC system for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) has officially acknowledged UL’s status as an issuing and recognizing National Certification Body, whereby the UL Frankfurt Cyber-security Lab performs related cyber-security services for Europe. As reported by UL in a official note, in addition to IEC 62443-2-4 recognition, UL is the first certification body worldwide to be acknowledged for the Industry 4.0 standards IEC 62443-3-3 and IEC 62443-4-1. This means that UL customers can now take advantage of UL’s globally recognized cyber-security testing, advisory and certification services. The new laboratory offers a full complement of services to support the connected technologies of today, including the complete range of standards-based advisory, testing and certification services for different sectors such as household appliances, lighting, HVAC, electronics and industry 4.0. “It’s absolutely imperative that we – as a global safety science organization – address the issue of cyber-security in our modern, connected world – said Ingo M. Rübenach, vice president for UL’s central, eastern and southern European regions -. Our goal is to help our clients succeed in managing risks inherent to connected technologies, digitalization and cyber-security. This lets us help them protect their brand reputation in a global marketplace”.

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