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Collective Intelligence Podcast, Ken Modeste on IoT and Public Safety

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As connected devices and embedded computers edge closer toward critical consumer services such as medical devices and automobiles, cybersecurity in the context of public safety cannot be ignored. Manufacturers filling devices with market-friendly features must consider the consequences of subpar cybersecurity and how it can affect physical safety and security, experts say.

In this episode of the Collective Intelligence podcast, Ken Modeste, the director of cybersecurity and connected technologies at UL, explains how his organization is doing its part to explain these risks and establish cybersecurity standards for connected devices in order to ensure public safety.

Modeste said that his mission at UL is to help industry and consumers understand the risk associated with connected devices. UL’s safety seals are well known in terms of consumer devices; applying this concept to cybersecurity for the long-term is a major initiative for UL to help consumers understand what it means to have cybersecurity assurance from manufacturers and vendors and building they type of trust consumers already have in everyday products. Because safety is a commodity for most consumer goods, Modeste hopes that’s soon the case for cybersecurity and connected devices.

Modeste also explains the standards efforts that support UL seals in order to properly assess products. Modeste is intimately involved in the development and management of the UL 2900 series of standards that address security concerns in network-connectable products and systems. He manages the standards and testing of software and firmware for critical systems such as medical, building automation, smart home systems, and IT systems. These standards were created with the help of industry, and once completed are taken to regulatory bodies such as the FDA for medical devices in the hope of getting them adopted as industry standards. The aim is to get the UL seal of approval for cyber to be recognized and provide value to consumers and providers.

The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.


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Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.

Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.

Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.