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Saudi’s NCSC lauded for high cybersecurity standards

Certification marks the launch of UL’s Cybersecurity Assurance Program in the Middle East

Saudi NCSC received the UL certification for its Community of Trust network infrastructure security software.
Saudi NCSC received the UL certification for its Community of Trust network infrastructure security software.

Saudi Arabia’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has become the first organisation in the region to receive the internationally recognised Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cybersecurity certification.

The UL CAP certification signifies the highest standards of cybersecurity have been met by assessing potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses. 

The Saudi NCSC received the UL cybersecurity certification for its Community of Trust network infrastructure security software.

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,” Modeste added.

UL CAP applies the new UL 2900 series of standards using testable cybersecurity criteria for network-connectable products and industrial control systems to assess software vulnerabilities and weaknesses, minimise exploitation, address known malware, review security controls and increase security awareness. All this is validated by a trusted third party, such as UL.

Hamid Syed, UL vice president & GM of the MENA region, 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.”