Saudi’s National Cyber Security Center certified

Saudi Arabia’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) announced that it has became the first national security agency in the Middle East region to be awarded for its deep understanding of regional and international cyber security issues by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the internationally recognised cybersecurity certification from safety science organization,

Hamid Syed, Vice President & GM for MENA at Underwriters Laboratories, said: “We carried out an exhaustive examination of the NCSC system’s potential security vulnerabilities and mitigation steps before it was awarded our certification, which signifies that the required standards have been met”

Underwriters Laboratories Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP) is for vendors and organisations looking for trusted support in assessing security risks, allowing them to continue to focus on product innovation to help build safer more secure products. It is also for purchasers of products who want to mitigate risks by sourcing products validated by a trusted third party, such as UL.

Ken Modeste, Cybersecurity Services Leader for UL’s Connected Technologies team, oversaw the project. He said: “This was a first in the MENA region as we developed a way to assess and evaluate products and systems for cybersecurity effectiveness based on best practices outlined in recognized global standards, such as NIST and ISO.

“The UL CAP program’s purpose is to help organisations, manufacturers, purchasers and end-users, both public and private, mitigate cybersecurity risks via methodical risk assessments and evaluations.”