How Underwriters Laboratories is dealing with IoT security

Underwriters Laboratories Global Principle Engineer Ken Modeste speaks with host Kevin Greene about the status of cyber initiatives underway at the UL for certifying Internet of Things devices. Ken discusses the need to drive good cyber hygiene in products by incorporating secure design principles to reduce the cost to maintain software. Ken also shares ways the community can engage the UL process to help drive adoption.

Ken Modeste is the principal technical adviser and subject matter expert for UL’s cybersecurity program. He helped develop UL’s series of cybersecurity standards that tests network-connectable devices for known vulnerabilities and software security. Previous to UL, Ken served as an engineering manager for GE for 12 years.

As part of the cybersecurity strategy for UL, Ken is responsible for strategically identifying long-term growth opportunities that align with UL’s mission to address public safety. He is responsible for creating the laboratory, hiring and training all personnel and developing programs and services to support UL’s clients’ security needs.

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Kevin Greene has more than 17 years of cybersecurity and information assurance experience. His contributions to FedScoop represent his own views and do not reflect the positions or policies of any federal agency. Follow him at @iamkevtorious.