Hanwha Obtains UL Cybersecurity Certification for Wisenet 7 Cameras

“UL CAP certification is quickly becoming a bidding requirement for both government and critical infrastructure organizations,” says Hanwha’s Tom Cook.

TEANECK, N.J. — Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, has received the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP) certification for its recently-launched range of IP cameras featuring Wisenet 7 SoC (System on Chip).

According to UL, the certification program aims to minimize risks by creating standardized, testable criteria for assessing software vulnerabilities and weaknesses in embedded products and systems. This helps reduce exploitation, address known malware, enhance security controls, and expand security awareness.

UL CAP offers third-party support with the ability to evaluate the security of network-connectable products and systems, as well as vendor processes for developing and maintaining products and systems with a security focus.

Based on the UL 2900 Series of Standards, UL CAP’s full suite of solutions is designed to help organizations manage their cybersecurity risks and validate their cybersecurity capabilities to the marketplace.

In an announcement, Hanwha Techwin describes itself as a long standing and vocal advocate for cybersecurity best practices in the physical security industry, and one of the few camera manufacturers globally to be granted this certification.

While the UL CAP certification typically takes eight to 10 months, the manufacturer states it was able to meet all of UL’s stringent evaluation criteria in three months due to the well-established software development processes already put in place by its dedicated in-house cybersecurity department.

The Wisenet 7 custom-built SoCs are designed specifically to address the unique cybersecurity challenges of the security market. Wisenet 7 cameras offer end-to-end cybersecurity with high levels of protection including secure boot, OS, storage and JTAG, plus a signed firmware/open platform app and more.

Hanwha Techwin established its own device certification issuing system to embed certificates and encryption keys into the product during the manufacturing process. When firmware is installed and a certificate is verified, it uses these encryption keys which can never be reprogrammed.

This is said to create a trusted platform module that separates the end-user side of the camera application from the network (Linux). This OTP (One Time Program) feature provides a unique level of cybersecurity that is secure by default and only possible when utilizing a custom chip, according to the company.

“UL CAP certification is quickly becoming a bidding requirement for both government and critical infrastructure organizations,” says Tom Cook, senior vice president at Hanwha Techwin America. “This certification reaffirms Hanwha’s position as a cybersecurity industry leader.”

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