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Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has rolled out its new certification program for cybersecurity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and industrial systems used in critical infrastructure networks. In its initial phase, this voluntary program will focus on "core competencies" for secure devices, such as ensuring known vulnerabilities in the device have been found and patched or that they come with appropriate mitigations. Vendors will have to pass a series of vulnerability assessments and penetration tests to earn the certification, which critical infrastructure buyers, consumers, and businesses can then use as a procurement tool when buying IoT equipment.
UL will issue its first cybersecurity certifications in Q3 of 2016. No word yet on when or whether UL will start putting UL seals on routers and sensors the way it does on washing machines and water heaters.