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Guardian Protection Services’ monitoring center becomes UL certified

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03/08/2017

WARRENDALE, Pa.—Guardian Protection Services recently announced that its Western Operations Alarm Monitoring Center has earned UL certification.

UL issues UL 827 B listing for remote guarding services

Elite Interactive Solutions is now a UL-certified provider
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10/17/2016

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—UL announced in early October that Elite Interactive Solutions is the first company certified for remote guarding under UL 827 B, its listing for managed video.

CSAA may change name to ‘The Monitoring Association’

Members will vote on new name, other bylaw changes at ESX show in June
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05/18/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Central Station Alarm Association may be renamed “The Monitoring Association,” if CSAA members approve the name change in a June 7 vote.

Bold gets UL Certification for Manitou Cloud Services

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05/11/2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies in late April received the UL 827 listing for its Manitou Cloud Services Data Center.

BeON Home LED bulbs get UL approval

App update brings new lighting features
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05/05/2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.––BeON Home, a provider of a Bluetooth smart-home lighting protection system, announced that its LED security bulbs are now UL approved for outdoor usage as well as for use in fully-enclosed fixtures.

Outsmarting the smart home

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Talked about heavily at ISC West in April, cybersecurity is the buzzword in the industry right now, as manufacturers and dealers on the residential side try to figure out how to navigate through the potential minefield of new smart home products and devices that may leave their security systems vulnerable to hacking.

In a study unveiled this week, Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Michigan were able to hack into a leading "smart home" platform and essentially get the PIN code to a home's front door.

Their "lock-pick malware app" was one of four attacks that the cybersecurity researchers leveled at an experimental set-up of Samsung's SmartThings platform, and is believed to be the first platform-wide study of a connected home system. The researchers weren’t picking on Samsung, as the overall goal of the research was to show how vulnerable these new connected home devices and systems are to hacking.

The researchers found “significant design vulnerabilities from a security perspective," noting that hackers’ attacks can “expose a household to significant harm—break-ins, theft, misinformation and vandalism. The attack vectors are not specific to a particular device and are broadly applicable."

The findings will be presented on May 24 at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Jose, in a paper titled "Security Analysis of Emerging Smart Home Applications."

At the very least, this study—as well as numerous stories of hackers finding their way into connected home devices, from smart TVs to baby monitors—raises important questions that manufacturers and dealers must ask themselves in this new world of advanced technology and interactivity.

As Samsung works out the kinks in its system, many other smart home companies can benefit from this study, as it sounds an alarm—no pun intended—of the importance of cybersecurity. While no system is completely immune from hacking, the research also underscores the fact that smart home companies and dealers need to make sure they are adhering to, at a minimum, the industry’s best practices and guidelines.

One resource is UL’s new Cybersecurity Assurance Program, a standard by which companies can have their products tested and verified by UL for guard against well-known cyber risks.

Having your products and systems third-party tested is a good first step in addressing any security flaws that may be present, as well as any potential fixes, and provides a measure of comfort for customers who are making their first forays into this bold new world of connected home technology.

 
 

UL launches Cybersecurity Assurance Program

New standard provides objective approval on products’ cybersecurity
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04/05/2016

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—UL today announced its new Cybersecurity Assurance Program, a standard by which companies can have their products tested and verified by UL for guard against well-known cyber risks.

Central stations have more options to get UL-listed

Centrals using newer tech, like virtualization, now have path to certification
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01/27/2016

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—Underwriters Laboratories now allows central stations using newer technologies—such as virtualization—ways to become UL-listed.

UL introduces standard for managed video

UL-827 b introduced at ESX 2015
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06/26/2015

BALTIMORE—UL announced a new standard for managed video services, UL-827 b.

UL talks about cybersecurity in UL827

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

When I asked UL’s engineering manager, Steve Schmit, how the ISC West show was going, he said he spent a fair bit of the show discussing the recent updates to UL827, now including requirements for cybersecurity.

“Now with [cybersecurity] in the standard, we’re going to have conversations about [central station’s] network security, how they keep their customers safe,” Schmit told Security Systems News. Cybersecurity is something previous standards hadn’t formally  required, he said.

These cybersecurity measures include firewalls, intrusion detection systems, “risk assessment, developing a mitigation plan, to deal with those risks, and putting that all into practical application,” Schmit said.

UL spent five years developing the latest standard, released in October, Schmit said. It currently has a future effective date of late 2016.

Cybersecurity is a topic that is coming up more in the physical security industry. SSN readers earlier this year pointed toward this trend. CSAA’s annual meeting will even start with a keynote on the subject

Is now the time cybersecurity will start concerning central stations? Has it always been a priority?

I’ve heard from some in the industry that this could really impact monitoring centers looking to get—or—keep UL certification. If you have any insight or opinion on the changes, reach out to me and let me know. My direct line is 207-846-0600 ext. 254, email: sives@securitysystemsnews.com.

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