Eaton Adds New UL Cybersecurity Certifications

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Power management company Eaton has added two more technologies to its growing portfolio of products certified to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cybersecurity standards.

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The Eaton Experience Center near Pittsburgh. Photo provided by Eaton

The new UL certification are each a first in the industry in their categories, according to Eaton. The newly certified products include:

  • Gigabit Network Card, the first uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connectivity device to meet the UL 2900-2-2 Standard, is designed to protect data center UPS and power distribution units against cyber threats
  • Utility grid automation technology SMP IO-2230, which is now the first utility substation automation technology certified under UL 2900-2-2 and designed to help global customers monitor and control intelligent electronic devices on the electric grid and microgrid applications

Eaton and UL have been working on setting measurable cybersecurity criteria for all network-connected power management products and systems, including microgrids. The standards come as worry about cyber attack expands. Once largely a concern of government, military and the financial services sector, it has persistently made its way into the businesses community.

Michael Regelski, Eaton’s senior vice president and chief technology officer said that his company’s enterprise-wide approach to cybersecurity leads to customer confidence in Eaton’s ability to meet rigorous testing standards to operate securely worldwide.

“We know that an increasingly connected world needs trusted environments, and having our products, processes and labs verified by an independent industry leader like UL gives  our customers an important advantage,” Regelski said.

The new certifications join Eaton’s earlier approvals for its PowerExpert Dashboard, the first power management product certified to the UL 2900-2-2 Standard for cybersecurity, and its WaveLinx wireless connected lighting system, which is certified to the UL 2900-01 Standard.

Eaton also noted that it is the only company in the industry to have two labs approved to participate in UL’s Data Acceptance Program for cybersecurity its cybersecurity research and testing facility in Pittsburgh and its innovation center in Pune, India, which can test global products to aspects of the UL 2900-01 and 2900-2-2 Standards.

Eaton’s electrical business shares global expertise in power distribution and circuit protection with 2017 sales of $20.4 billion. Eaton has about 98,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.

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