Wibu-Systems Press Releases https://www.wibu.com ko Copyright Wibu-Systems Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:41:23 +0200 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:41:23 +0200 TYPO3 news-4059 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:07:23 +0200 Laying the foundations for the new Wibu-Systems head office and House of IT Security https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/grundsteinlegung-fuer-den-neuen-hauptsitz-von-wibu-systems-und-das-house-of-it-security.html A €33 million investment raises the flag for IT security in Karlsruhe A €33 million investment raises the flag for IT security in Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany – On 11 October 2019, the Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. Frank Mentrup, Professor Dr. Joern Mueller-Quade of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Bastian Wieland, Managing Partner of archis Architekten + Ingenieure GmbH, and Oliver Winzenried, CEO of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, joined hands to lay the first brick for two very special new buildings with a total floor space of almost 8,400 square meter. The first building will be finished by December 2020 and is set to become Wibu-Systems’ new head office. Its sister, the House of IT Security, will welcome startups, researchers, and industry actors in March 2021. Together, the buildings represent an investment of more than €33 million. The experience and digitization strategy of Wolff+Mueller, who was hired as a general contractor, fits very well with this forward-looking project. Further, Paul Heinze of IBA has supported as project developer.

The speakers praised the investment decision made by Wibu-Systems, confirmed that Karlsruhe is a particularly suitable location for this venture, and emphasized the importance of IT security. They also applauded the cooperative vision that is now becoming reality in the House of IT Security, whose architectural and engineering feats, such as the energy efficiency of the buildings and the striking bridge design, caught their attention. A time capsule was placed into the foundations of the construction site, which holds the construction plans, a current newspaper, and several variants of Wibu-Systems’ CmDongle protection hardware devices safe for posterity.

Wibu-Systems is moving into its new head office, because the company’s old facilities could no longer accommodate the constantly growing and evolving business. The digital revolution, Industry 4.0, Big Data, and AI are heralding increasing demand for Wibu-Systems’ protection, licensing, and security solutions – technologies born in Karlsruhe, but quietly serving users in products around the world, from architectural and engineering software to ATMs, on-board diagnostics in cars, medical devices, or the countless sensors making the Internet of Things possible. The energy-efficient design of the new building, with solar power, e-charging stations, UPS batteries, and top-of-the-range smart building and security technology, will host enough space for many new and attractive jobs.

With the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the Cyberforum, the commitment of our city of Karlsruhe, and the many companies based in the vicinity, the House of IT Security is the perfect place for up and coming IT security startups to find their first home and to spark a productive conversation in their field. It will allow them to follow their mission, create the solutions for the challenges of tomorrow, and turn their ideas into rewarding business models. IBA Immobilien from Baden-Baden has a 40% stake in the House of IT Security.

Oliver Winzenried explains: “Our idea of bringing established businesses and young startups together under one roof in the House of IT Security has been met with a great reception by both the city of Karlsruhe and the state government, even though this unfortunately could not translate into financial support for the important investment into our shared future. I believe that we need to bundle our skills and abilities to create the meaningful and viable IT security solutions that the global market is calling for. This new building is my way of saying: We are doing our part for this ambition.”

news-4023 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:46:00 +0200 Desoutter Streamlines the Digital Transformation with CodeMeter Protection and Licensing Technology https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/desoutter-streamlines-the-digital-transformation-with-codemeter-protection-and-licensing-technology.html Desoutter redesigns its business strategy in line with Industry 4.0 principles Desoutter redesigns its business strategy in line with Industry 4.0 principles

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, has implemented a secure and flexible licensing solution for Desoutter Industrial Tools of Nantes, France, that enables the company to monetize its software while delivering products with greater flexibility to meet the dynamic market needs driven by Industry 4.0. The integration of Wibu-Systems’ flagship CodeMeter licensing, protection, and security technology provides Desoutter with a versatile mechanism for its customers to deploy and re-deploy the software-driven features of their industrial tools as needed and quickly refocus their operations while protecting Desoutter’s intellectual property.

Gearing up for the highly competitive Industry 4.0 economy, Desoutter sought a solution that would enable a high degree of flexibility in how its customers could use their products. The company implemented an innovative concept that lets its customers dynamically draw from credits (in the form of Unit Values – UVs) to access only the products’ features and services they need at any time. If they no longer require certain services, they can recover the UVs and convert them into a different service or even redeploy them on another tool. The approach gives their customers a way to immediately reconfigure a workstation, for instance, for another purpose using their available UVs.

One critical aspect of the process was license security: It was essential that UVs could be purchased electronically but be protected against hacking or counterfeiting to ensure the appropriate monetization of Desoutter’s software. The integration of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter security and licensing technology provides protection for the UVs and the flexible enough controls to efficiently create and deliver the UVs. As a result, Desoutter’s customers can use an online configurator to select the features they want on a specific tool and then order the UVs they need via an e-wallet in the form of a CodeMeter USB dongle. The customer activates the service by simply connecting the dongle to a controller.

Laurent Macquet, Line Manager Software & Embedded Systems at Desoutter, commented: “For us, it’s important that we can offer our customers the adaptability they need in Industry 4.0. It’s not so much about selling as many licenses as possible, but rather providing a solution that meets the peak versatility our customers demand. How do we do that? We have taken a new look at each tool’s features and made them more flexible for our users. Together with Wibu-Systems, we have built a solution to free us from the constraints of traditional software licensing.”

Marcel Hartgerink, General Manager of WIBU-SYSTEMS SARL, added: “The combined power of Desoutter UVs and the tough Wibu-Systems protection mechanisms ensures that customers can invest only in the features they specifically require. And by providing such a high level of flexibility, Desoutter is strengthening relationships with their customers. Thanks to our partnership, Desoutter has succeeded not only in serving the market in a more flexible way, but the company itself has fully embraced the spirit of the digital transformation necessitated by Industry 4.0.”


About Desoutter

Desoutter Industrial Tools designs and produces electric and pneumatic assembly tools, such as high-tech tightening and drilling solutions for the aerospace and automotive industries. Desoutter is headquartered in the French city of Nantes, where more than 200 of its 1300 employees worldwide are engaged in R&D, including 60 dedicated software and electronics developers.

news-3998 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:58:58 +0200 CodeMeter licensing power facilitating access to the future of mobility driven by Vector https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/codemeter-licensing-power-facilitating-access-to-the-future-of-mobility-driven-by-vector.html Seamless integration with SAP streamlines license and entitlement management processes Seamless integration with SAP streamlines license and entitlement management processes

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, and its SAP integration partner Informatics Holdings have implemented CodeMeter, a world-leading software protection and licensing solution, for Vector, a premier independent producer of software tools and embedded components for the automotive industry. Wibu-Systems’ flagship CodeMeter licensing, protection, and security technology enables Vector to protect and shield its invaluable IP and offer its customers prompt and easy access to innovative new products and features.

As a leader in the development of advanced technologies for electric car charging, automotive safety and security, Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), and autonomous vehicles, and the AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) adaptive platform, Vector sells thousands of product licenses annually across a wide variety of industries, each with its unique licensing preferences and requirements. Furthermore, Vector’s embedded software products are designed to run across multiple development platforms, architectures, and operating systems.

Vector faced the challenge of protecting its proprietary technology from piracy and securely distributing licenses to its customers in their format of choice. Vector wanted the solution to offer a lean delivery model that integrated smoothly with its existing SAP production landscape.

At the heart of the solution proposed by Wibu-Systems stands CodeMeter License Central, the cloud-based platform for creating, delivering, and managing licenses. CodeMeter License Central was fully integrated with Vector’s SAP system by Wibu-Systems’ dedicated partner Informatics, an SAP center of excellence based in Austria. With CodeMeter fully integrated, Vector can now manage its licenses centrally from the comfort of the CodeMeter License Central dashboard, boosting the performance of support and sales processes.

Depending on the customer’s needs, licenses (CmActLicenses) can be bound to Vector’s unique Virtual Network Interfaces (VNIs) using Wibu-Systems SmartBind® technology or contained in hardware dongles (CmDongles) for added security and mobility.

Peter Decker, Product Manager at Vector commented: “In our collaboration with Wibu-Systems and Informatics, we immediately saw that we were working with a premier team, equipped with just the SAP and CodeMeter know-how we needed. The experience they contributed allowed us to find effective and immediate solutions to our very specific requirements.”

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, added: “Vector’s development and delivery of such highly complex solutions for so many specific use cases represented an interesting challenge for us. The flexibility of our CodeMeter licensing, protection, and security platform enabled a win-win solution for Vector and their customers: Vector can safeguard its priceless expertise, and the users of Vector’s products can easily buy or upgrade licenses in the field and choose the license container that best fits their specific needs, be it a tough, but easy-to-use dongle or a software container bound to Vector’s proprietary system.”


About Vector

Since 1988, Vector is a premier independent producer of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and their networking with many different systems from Controller Area Networks (CAN) to Automotive Ethernet. The solutions and products made by Vector pave the way for the future of mobility in the automotive, aerospace, transportation, and control engineering sectors, empowering engineers to master their highly complex work with unrivalled ease of use. Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Vector serves its customers with a workforce of 2,800 people from 26 locations worldwide.

news-3898 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:07:39 +0200 Wibu-Systems CodeMeter Security Platform Wins the Best Healthcare IoT Security Solution Award in the 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Program https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-codemeter-security-platform-wins-the-best-healthcare-iot-security-solution-award-in-the-2019-medtech-breakthrough-program.html Over 3,500 nominations were reviewed in the global competition Over 3,500 nominations were reviewed in the global competition

Wibu-Systems today announced that its CodeMeter licensing and security platform has been selected as the winner of the “Best Healthcare IoT Security Solution” Award from MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global health and medical technology market. The international competition included over 3,500 nominations across multiple categories from top companies to startups in the medical technology and digital health industry.

With the recent attention given to vulnerabilities and security threats that have been exposed in medical device endpoints, cybersecurity policies, technologies, and implementation methods are a main focus of the medical device industry. Failure to maintain cybersecurity can result in compromised device functionality, loss of data (medical or personal) availability or integrity, or exposure of other connected devices or networks to security threats. These security breaches have the potential for catastrophic consequences resulting in patient illness, injury or even death.

Wibu-Systems provides medical device developers and manufacturers with patented endpoint security solutions. The company's CodeMeter software security platform safeguards Internet-connected medical devices and embedded systems against the many potential vulnerabilities and security threats prevalent in today’s digital age. Employing sophisticated encryption and authentication mechanisms, CodeMeter protects against Intellectual Property theft, counterfeiting, reverse engineering and tampering; with its top-notch integrity mechanisms, it protects software, firmware, and sensitive data from malicious activities. CodeMeter also provides a secure and versatile licensing system that enables new business models such as on-demand software-driven feature activation, pay-per-use billing, and secure field upgrades. CodeMeter easily integrates with existing back-office systems to automate license and entitlement management, thus reducing bottom line logistic and operational costs.

Upon receiving the award, Marcellus Buchheit, President and CEO of Wibu-Systems USA, commented: “We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our ongoing efforts to provide cybersecurity and healthcare safety solutions for the medical device industry. As more and more medical devices become connected to the Internet, the threats to patient safety and private patient data will continue to increase. We are committed to continuing the development of innovative cybersecurity solutions that will provide the necessary protections for medical devices, technicians and patients.”


About MedTech Breakthrough

The MedTech Breakthrough Awards program, promoted by the Tech Breakthrough Awards organization, is devoted to honoring excellence in medical and health related technology companies, products and people. MedTech Breakthrough provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough MedTech companies and products in categories including Patient Engagement, mHealth, Health & Fitness, Clinical Administration, Healthcare IoT, Genomics, Medical Data, Healthcare Cybersecurity and more. For more information visit www.MedTechBreakthrough.com.

news-3883 Thu, 16 May 2019 15:10:00 +0200 SPS IPC Drives Italia: Wibu-Systems continues to champion digital security in industrial automation https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/sps-ipc-drives-italia-wibu-systems-continues-to-champion-digital-security-in-industrial-automation.html Cyber-security as the gatekeeper for the digital transformation Cyber-security as the gatekeeper for the digital transformation

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems, the international pioneer for the protection of software, firmware and confidential data, returns to SPS IPC Drives Italia in Parma between 28 and 30 May 2019. Its booth forms part of District 4.0, the special concourse of exhibitors highlighting the potential of the digital transformation in manufacturing. Visitors to booth A002, hall 7 can discover the many new hardware and software solutions launched throughout the year to round off an already rich portfolio designed to facilitate the business of automation, robotics, and mechatronics enterprises.

The showstopper innovation is Wibu-Systems’ entry into the cloud with an independent, fully mature, secure, and highly performing architecture for the management of software licenses entirely in the cloud. The all-new CodeMeter Cloud of Wibu-Systems complements CodeMeter Cloud Lite to seize the potential of the cloud for industrial actors increasingly interested in freeing themselves from the constraints of software or hardware-based licenses. Licenses that are protected with CodeMeter Protection Suite are created, distributed, and managed with CodeMeter License Central, but they now reside on CodeMeter Cloud Server in special containers, the CmCloudContainers, each securely assigned to a specific user.

The future is digital, but hardware is still king in the present. The line-up of hardware secure elements made by Wibu-Systems has grown to include two completely new families of protection devices, housed in elegant, robust, and customizable metal cases. Both series include three new models, equipped either with MLC or pseudoSLC flash memory or no additional memory. The “B” series with regular USB connectors has already gone on to win this year’s iF Design Award, while the “D” series is made with the newest wave of embedded and mobile devices equipped with USB type C connectors in mind.

The smart industry can also benefit from CodeMeter Keyring, the password and entitlement manager and password provider working as the interface between the popular CodeMeter technology and IDE applications like Siemens’ TIA Portal or Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Logix Designer. With the granular management of user profiles and access, IP is safely protected in executable form and at runtime.

The attendees have a chance to explore the issue further in a dedicated workshop on the “Secure Key Storage and Key Enrollment in Industrial Environments”, hosted by Wibu-Systems in the Digital & Software Arena on 28 May (11:30 am to 12:30 pm). Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and security expert of Wibu-Systems, will be on hand to share how CodeMeter generates and stores cryptographic keys and digital certificates securely on computers and PLCs to enable trustworthy M2M communications. The solution scales easily from a resource-friendly software option to a more sophisticated approach using hardware secure elements, as a versatile choice for license and entitlement management.

At SPS IPC Drives Italia, Wibu-Systems will also highlight the potential of CodeMeter Certificate Vault, the PKCS#11-compatible token provider designed to streamline the reliable management of identities, digital signatures, emails, or VPNs with its perfect integration of CNG, Microsoft’s next-generation cryptographic API, and OpenSSL API. The strong authentication system relies on Wibu-Systems’ CmDongle license container with integrated smart card chip. It’s right there, in the secure environment of this special hardware device, be it a USB dongle, a secure memory card, or an ASIC, that files are decrypted, and certificates are made ready for use. The user can also entrust the entire operation to their own certification authority.

Daniela Previtali, Wibu-Systems’ Global Marketing Director and Business Developer in Italy, sees great promise for the connected industry: “Production surpluses we are used to will be a thing of the past. The new society we are building leaves no place for alienating jobs. Production processes will constantly be remodeled, following the data collected in the field in real time. AI has finally arrived in genuinely convincing and intriguing applications – but we need to be awake to the risks of a world that has gone digital. Cyber-security deserves to be at the forefront of our minds at this historical moment.”

news-3852 Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:46:12 +0200 Wibu-Systems joins the debut exhibitors at the medical technology expo T4M https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-joins-the-debut-exhibitors-at-the-medical-technology-expo-t4m.html Important take-aways for medical device makers at the fairgrounds and on stage Important take-aways for medical device makers at the fairgrounds and on stage

Karlsruhe, Germany – The newest trade fair for the medical technology industry, T4M, is opening its doors for the first time in Stuttgart, Germany between 7 and 9 May 2019. Wibu-Systems will be among the first exhibitors at this premiere, joining the VDMA collective booth B24 in Hall 9. The software contained in medical devices represents invaluable intellectual property that deserves the best possible protections. Visitors at the booth can learn how CodeMeter technology can help them protect and license their software and make the most out of the new security capabilities.

CodeMeter is the right choice for new and retrofitted medical devices. The devices’ operating systems can be delivered in encrypted form with their license stored either in a hardware CmDongle or a CmActLicense activation file. The tough encryptions prevent product piracy and reverse engineering, while digital certificates safeguard the integrity of the software.

On top of protecting their software, medical technology enterprises can find great value in licensing systems, e.g. for enabling software features. With CodeMeter License Central, individual functions and features can be readied for automatic activation upon purchase by the user. Even if the device has already been sold and is active in the field, additional software features can be marketed and activated in a post-sale stage. This flexibility gives device makers access to completely new revenue opportunities.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO of Wibu-Systems and member of the board of directors of the medical technology working group of the VDMA, will be speaking about “Medical Device Makers Combining Security with Innovative Business” on 8 May between 11:30 am and 12:00 pm on the Blue stage. His presentation will explain how effective security measures are indispensable for protecting the settings of medical devices and shielding confidential patient data from prying eyes. The Wibu-Systems’ protection concept has been designed for the makers of medical devices, the machine operators, and the patients to benefit from a true win-win-win solution.

news-3753 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 10:06:28 +0200 Wibu-Systems and Toshiba Information Systems Corporation enter a sales agency agreement https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-and-toshiba-information-systems-corporation-enter-a-sales-agency-agreement.html Marking a new milestone for Wibu-Systems in Japan Marking a new milestone for Wibu-Systems in Japan

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Representative Director: Tomoki Maruyama) has signed an agency agreement with Toshiba Information Systems (Japan) Corporation (Head Office: Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan; CEO: Sosuke Ito). Under the new partnership and with immediate effect, Toshiba Information Systems will begin selling CodeMeter, the all-in-one solution from Wibu-Systems for software protection and license management.

The new age of IoT and Industrie 4.0 promises to slash engineering, logistics, and maintenance costs by manufacturing hardware whose functions can rapidly be activated, updated or upgraded on demand. However, the software and data contained in and running such industrial hardware has become an increasingly important and at-risk asset. CodeMeter, the mainstay of Wibu-Systems, protects the IP associated with software, firmware, and sensitive data, and enables secure licensing for the makers and users of industrial controllers and manufacturing equipment.

Tomoki Maruyama, Representative Director of Wibu-Systems’ Japan office, celebrates the signature of the contract: "I am very pleased about our new agreement with Toshiba Information Systems Co., Ltd. As the powerhouse behind a large share of the embedded system landscape in the Japanese market, our new partner has a long track record of success and strong relationships with many customers. Through this new sales channel, these customers will now be able to benefit from the wide range of embedded security solutions powered by our CodeMeter technology."

Live CodeMeter demonstration
8th IoT/M2M Exhibition [Spring]
Tokyo Big Sight, West Exhibition Building 2 F
Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
April 10-12, 2019
Toshiba collective exhibit
booth 24-16

news-3715 Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:10:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems CodeMeter Cloud – The ultimate cloud licensing technology https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-codemeter-cloud-the-ultimate-cloud-licensing-technology.html A secure and comprehensive solution living entirely in the cloud A secure and comprehensive solution living entirely in the cloud

Karlsruhe, Germany – With 30 years of undivided attention to secure license and entitlement management under its belt, Wibu-Systems chooses Hannover Messe for a world premiere: the launch of CodeMeter Cloud, its comprehensive answer to licensing in the cloud. Extreme security, utmost scalability, high performance, complete interoperability, and maximum flexibility are its identifying traits, all to be discovered at Wibu-Systems’ exhibit: Hall 6, booth C15.

For decades, software licensing has been associated with hardware and software-based solutions. As cloud services surge to new levels of popularity thanks to the unparalleled mobility and device independence they provide, it is inevitable that cloud licensing will represent the future of this industry. With its sophisticated architecture and yet easy integration into the workflows of any ISV, CodeMeter Cloud is the game changer the market has been waiting for.

The CodeMeter Cloud solution comes with access to a highly secure server in the cloud, operated by Wibu-Systems. Licenses for the software, protected with CodeMeter Protection Suite using an array of encryption and authenticity tools, can be created and delivered through CodeMeter License Central, the cloud-based database derived solution for license creation, deployment, and management. Thus, all connectors that interface ERP, CRM, and e-commerce systems with CodeMeter License Central are also available with CodeMeter Cloud and can streamline license administration tasks within the back-office workflows. Licenses are stored in CmCloudContainers, special containers that remain on the CodeMeter Cloud server. As such, users can access them from anywhere without the need for local containers. To do so, CmCloudContainers are protected by encrypted credentials that are saved locally, and that are checked against the cryptographic keys stored in the cloud and used to verify the license’s validity. How often and at which level such authentication requests are made can be configured as fine-grained as required.

From an operational standpoint, ISVs can either assign licenses to CmCloudContainers via a web application or integrate this process into their own workflow and rely on CodeMeter Cloud Manager to issue and manage the set of credentials. Licenses can be updated, renewed or deleted in the cloud by the software publishers at any time; the end users would simply find the new or updated license (or indeed no license) ready for them in the cloud. In a network usage context, any unused license purchased by a customer would be immediately available to any of their users, as it would be released automatically as soon as another user has stopped using it.

In terms of performance, CodeMeter Cloud has been designed to deliver high performance from the ground up: An in-memory database has been built into the web solution to interact with a NoSQL database and ensure the highest performance for many concurrent requests in a highly secure environment. Each CodeMeter Cloud Server instance consists of three distinct layers: The Load Balancing layer distributes license queries reliably, efficiently, and with the flexibility to guarantee true scalability, even if loads of requests arrive at the same time. The Service layer is in charge of the actual license management and the creation and allocation of the cryptographic keys. The Persistence layer assures performant data integrity and persistence for multiple users.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems and serving on the board of directors of the Medical Technology working group of VDMA, the board of directors of bitkom, and the managing board of the Foerderverein of the Research Center (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is enthusiastic about this new technological milestone: “As industrial intelligence is moving into the digital space, cloud-based services are a priority on everyone’s agenda. However, cloud services should not just offer high performance and be available on any device; they need to be secure, easily scalable, and able to operate with established infrastructures. CodeMeter Cloud has all the right credentials to bring a reliable cloud licensing service to all the intelligent device manufacturers that are embracing Industrie 4.0.”

More details will be revealed during the dedicated press conference
“CodeMeter Cloud – the high scalable technology for cloud licensing”
April 1st, 2019 – 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Hannover Messe, Convention Center (CC), room Frankfurt

news-3693 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 09:10:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems introduces high availability in licensing https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-introduces-high-availability-in-licensing.html Applying the 2-out-of-3 concept in license management Applying the 2-out-of-3 concept in license management

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems brings an absolute novelty to Hannover Messe: at their booth C15, hall 6, visitors can have a taste of the recently introduced CodeMeter Triple Mode Redundancy (TMR) Server, a solution that combines high availability, high performance, and uninterrupted license use during license updates. Server outages or license usage peaks in networks no longer have to mean service disruptions: All purchased licenses are reliably available.

CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems’ flagship technology for protection, licensing, and security, provides software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers with 23 preset software license models. With one of these, named High Available License, the user can own a redundant license server; the 2-out-of-3 architectural principle ensures the availability of software in the event of a license server failure, providing uninterrupted license updates.

Part of the beauty of the solution is that, to the user, the entire TMR system appears as a single entity. Although there is enormous complexity in the architecture to ensure that high availability is coupled with industry-leading protection and security against license fraud, everything has been designed with “business as usual” as a core feature.

With CodeMeter TMR Server, Wibu-Systems offers the option to rely on its own datacenter in a tried and tested, durable configuration consisting of five servers that can be operated as virtual machines. Three license servers work as one joint system: As long as two of the three servers are available, the entire system will stay up and running. The downstream interface with the clients is provided by a newly developed double TMR Server that the clients can access via a virtual IP address.

This works because every license is created in triplicate and given a special ID, the TMR ID, as an additional property. The three licenses are placed into three separate license containers, the CmContainers, that also have the same identifier; the TMR group can then allocate the software or hardware-based CmContainers with the same ID to a virtual CmContainer. This is ultimately the one and only license container the end users see, so for them, everything works as normal.

The twin TMR Servers are currently available as a Linux service. Upstream from these, the three CodeMeter servers can be operated under Linux or Windows. When configured correctly, the CodeMeter licenses are only available to the downstream TMR Servers: no client would have direct access to them. A potential attacker who only has one CmContainer with one of the constituent TMR licenses cannot use the TMR license as a whole. The CodeMeter server would deny the usage of any single license with a TMR ID, unless it is operated correctly in a TMR system.

David Paine, Wibu-Systems’ Product Manager for CmCloud and CodeMeter License Central, the completely cloud-based license lifecycle management solution and the database-derived platform for license creation, delivery, and management, is particularly proud of this achievement: “In areas like the automotive industry, where no access to licenses could mean that crucial production lines are forced to a standstill, users demand and expect redundancy. By subscribing to our CodeMeter TMR Server structure, clients can count on license availability regardless of server crashes or failures. The TMR group is a consolidated architecture that can be set up swiftly and securely by our team. The software publisher would just need to have our latest license technology in place and deploy licenses using CodeMeter License Central or program licenses with the high-level programming API we provide”.

news-3642 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 09:33:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems at 30: Serendipity meets Capability https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-at-30-serendipity-meets-capability.html Celebrating three decades ahead of the curve Celebrating three decades ahead of the curve

Karlsruhe, Germany – 1989-2019: A new milestone on Wibu-Systems’ path towards embracing its role as the fully dedicated global leader in secure license management. The company will celebrate its 30th anniversary throughout the year with its long-standing network of channel partners, its ample and loyal customer base, and its own faithful team.

In early 1989, Intel was just gearing up to release its newest processor, the 80486DX. SVGA had finally brought 16 colors to PC displays. WordPerfect was the standard word processor, and gamers eagerly awaited the very first Prince of Persia. Ronald Reagan was still the U.S. President, and talk grew of revolution behind the Iron Curtain.

During this period, a quieter kind of revolution was under way in Karlsruhe, Germany. While software piracy was in its infancy, with cracked games sent through the mail on floppy disks, two students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Oliver Winzenried and Marcellus Buchheit, were working on WibuBox, a novel dongle-based DRM method using tough cryptographic capabilities. The basic idea that would develop into today’s cutting-edge software, hardware, and cloud-based CodeMeter software monetization technology was born, solving a problem long before society had even taken heed of the risks ahead: How to safeguard the invaluable digital IP that is guiding and aiding more and more of our lives, from desktop applications to smart factories to critical infrastructures.

For three decades, Wibu-Systems has remained true to its mission of excellence and perfection in protection, licensing, and security technology, delivered in a way that makes the business of software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers simpler and more profitable, and in turn safeguards jobs, health, safety, our environment, and economy.

Technological milestones highlight the company’s history: The introduction of time and use-based licenses to allow far more granular controls over software in the early 1990s; a constant stream of innovative iterations of its dongle technology for every interface from the original WibuBox’s parallel port to today’s CmStick for USB Type-C; the introduction of software-only license protections that live up to the security standards expected from hardware dongles; and a never-ending succession of truly momentous and patented innovations, like SmartBind® technology, Kerckhoffs’ Principle-compliant Blurry Box® encryption method, or the increasing commitment to industrial applications since the first decade of the new millennium. With CodeMeter Certificate Vault set to overcome the perennial problems hobbling the acceptance of digital certificates, with the new CmCloud taking the leap into a full cloud experience, and with CodeMeter’s capabilities on embedded and virtual systems continuing to expand its footprint in the IIoT scene, Wibu-Systems has again created a technologically advanced, reliable, user-friendly, and beautifully designed, landscape of protection, licensing, and security hardware, software, and services for an industrial future that is only now taking its first baby steps.

After 30 years in its market niche, Wibu-Systems remains true to its principles and the unbeaten champion with its protection technology, as numerous hacking contests have proven. There is no better sign of its commitment to continued progress in its field than the new headquarters and the House of IT Security that the company is building in Karlsruhe.

For Oliver Winzenried and Marcellus Buchheit, still the captains of this pioneering venture, the turn of the company’s fourth decade marks just the next milestone in its history: “When we started the company, there was no Internet. We did not know what the future held, but we wanted the world to be secure nonetheless. Now that the Internet of Things is becoming reality, we are continuing on that same mission – brought to life by our great people and enjoyed by our users everywhere.”

news-3573 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:57:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems opens the vault at Embedded World https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-opens-the-vault-at-embedded-world.html CodeMeter Certificate Vault takes the hassle out of using certificates CodeMeter Certificate Vault takes the hassle out of using certificates

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems is set to revolutionize the use of certificates with CodeMeter Certificate Vault, the innovative certificate management tool to be introduced at Embedded World 2019 in Nuremberg. The PKCS#11 compliant token provider is designed to work perfectly with Microsoft’s Cryptographic API Next Generation (CNG) or OpenSSL API to make it easier for users to administer the security of identities, digital signatures, emails, or VPNs with strong authentication mechanisms.

There is one hard and fast rule in certificate management: To get a certificate, a user first creates a pair of a public and a private key.  The private key that is used to create the certificate request must never leave its secure home. The request would be checked by a Certification Authority, which produces and signs the new certificate for the user to load back into his or her certificate storage.

The all-new CodeMeter Certificate Vault rises above this fundamental paradigm: The entire process of creating a certificate remains with the Certification Authority, be it an external or a company’s in-house provider, but the creation of the key pair is simplified. The resulting certificate and the private key is packaged up in a specially protected file and sent to the user for loading onto a secure dongle. Without the need for users to create and hold cryptographic keys every time they need a new certificate, distributing certificates becomes just as straightforward as delivering passwords or licenses.

CodeMeter Certificate Vault makes this possible by using WibuCmRaU files to import keys and certificates. The key pair normally generated by the requesting user is created entirely within CodeMeter License Central, Wibu-Systems’ popular license lifecycle management tool. It places the certificate in an encrypted update file, encrypted with a unique key of the target user’s container. Version 1.0 of the new system works with the most secure license container there is: A CmDongle with integrated smart card chip. In this securest of environments, the file is decrypted and the certificate ready for use. The user can trust the entire operation to his or her certification authority, which could even automate the certificate creation process in their existing CA solution via SOAP.

Wibu-Systems will be out in force at the next edition of Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany, February 26 to 28, where CodeMeter Certificate Vault will be one of the star features at the company’s exhibit (hall 4, booth 360).

Marco Blume, Product / R&D Manager Embedded of Wibu-Systems, sees the sea-changing potential of the new technology: “Certificates are one of the backbones of security in our digital world, but the simple lack of convenience has meant that they are not used as universally as they ought to – until now. CodeMeter Certificate Vault gives certificates the same ease-of-use that the users of our CodeMeter license management technology know and love.”

news-3547 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:50:00 +0100 The new release of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology has the needs of the embedded community covered https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/the-new-release-of-wibu-systems-codemeter-technology-has-the-needs-of-the-embedded-community-covered.html Protection, licensing, and security enhancements that automate and enrich the CodeMeter user experience Protection, licensing, and security enhancements that automate and enrich the CodeMeter user experience

Karlsruhe, Germany – At Embedded World 2019, Wibu-Systems is ready to unveil all of the new core features introduced in its flagship technology for secure license lifecycle management. At its exhibit (booth 360 in hall 4), the visitors of the largest European event fully dedicated to embedded technologies will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the latest functionalities that CodeMeter 6.80 is offering to the embedded community.

First introduced in 2003, CodeMeter has grown over the years to become a mature, versatile, and interoperable solution for protecting and licensing digital assets on a wide array of media, including computers, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers. The latest release 6.80, which is available for free to all existing users as part of the lifetime support Wibu-Systems grants all its clients, includes many novel and significant characteristics.

CodeMeter 6.80 supports Universal Write Filter (UWF), an option provided by Microsoft Windows for stopping inadvertent changes to files, usually on embedded devices. Prior to this new CodeMeter release, software developers had to add a custom extension (CodeMeter Runtime Extension) on such systems to store persistent signed and encrypted license files (CmActLicenses). This is no longer necessary, as CodeMeter Runtime 6.80 automatically identifies systems equipped with the UWF functionality and saves CmActLicenses in persistent form.

CodeMeter has long been embraced by the embedded community, particularly those using Linux ARM systems like the Raspberry PI. With CodeMeter 6.80, CmActLicenses no longer need an extension to be bound to a Linux ARM system; instead, CodeMeter SmartBind®, the patented solution from Wibu-Systems for binding a CmActLicense securely and flexibly to the digital fingerprint of a target device, is now available for automatic use.

Enterprise software administrators want the ability to track how their internal users utilize the available licenses. CodeMeter Runtime 6.80 comes with a console application to query the state of licenses in the network, including current information about available and active licenses. CodeMeter can now be integrated in custom license monitoring tools by regularly calling this application and parsing the returned data.

Additionally, CodeMeter 6.80 addresses the high availability needs that are typical in industrial environments by supporting redundant licenses on Triple Mode Redundancy (TMR) servers. The CodeMeter TMR solution would consist of two TMR servers and three CodeMeter license servers. Should one of either type of server be down by accident or for maintenance, this setup ensures that the licenses are still available.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, is particularly proud of the convenient new features in CodeMeter 6.80: “The speed in which our company has been growing recently can be attributed to two factors working together: A team that is receptive to market needs and the ongoing digital transformation. As we explore the new opportunities made available by the revolutionary changes that current technology can deliver, we are further inspired to contribute actively to securing the building blocks of Industrie 4.0.”

To learn more about how Wibu-Systems technology can boost
security and revenue, visit the exhibit at Embedded World
Hall 4 – Booth 360

news-3533 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 10:00:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems’ CmStick/B wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-cmstickb-wins-if-design-award-2019.html Designing cybersecurity products with customers’ needs at heart Designing cybersecurity products with customers’ needs at heart

Wibu-Systems is a winner of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2019, the prestigious design prize organized each year by the world’s oldest independent design organization, the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH. Wibu-Systems won the award for its secure hardware element CmStick/B, in the Computer category of the Product discipline.

The competition was intense: over 6,400 entries were submitted from 50 countries in the hopes of receiving this respected seal of quality. At the end of the selection process, the jury consisting of 67 international independent experts awarded CmStick/B the prize for its unique innovation, functionality, and aesthetics traits.

CmStick/B is the most elegant, compact, and sturdy license and cryptographic key container of the entire CodeMeter portfolio. The pared-down, yet sophisticated design meets the rising demand for software monetization and cybersecurity solutions generated by Industrie 4.0. The use of SIP (System-in-Package) technology allows the USB connector to be integrated into the metal housing of the dongle itself, making the unit more resilient to mechanical shocks in rugged environments. All components (security controller, optional flash memory and its controller) are qualified for use on the shop floor.

CmStick/B belongs to a subdivision of Wibu-Systems’ comprehensive spectrum of hardware secure elements, which includes CmStick/BMC, the variant with MLC (multi-level-cell) flash memory, and CmStick/BMI, the version with pSLC (pseudo-single-level-cell) flash memory. While all three units have their robust and stylish metal casing in common, each of them serves a specific market niche, from commercial to industrial use. The three products are part of a highly diversified lineup of license containers that comprises several other USB sticks, secure memory cards, and ASICs.

CmStick/B can be seen first-hand at Wibu-Systems’ exhibit (hall 4, booth 360) at the forthcoming edition of Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany, February 26 to 28. Immediately following the award ceremony, taking place on March 15th at BMW Welt, Munich, Germany, CmStick/B will go on display for three months at the iF Design Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, and will be featured in the “Design Excellence” section of the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems, explains why design should never be underestimated: “The design phase of a new product is one of the most exciting moments in the lifetime of any new device: market expectations and technological constraints are paired with usability, functionality, and aesthetics. Dongles have been around for three decades. With CmStick/B and the other variants of this series, we wanted to reinvent the concept of dongles, find the ideal compromise in terms of size, and offer durability and robustness to business and industrial customers alike. Winning the iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 fills us with pride and underlines the importance of always investing into research and development”.

news-3518 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:22:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems returns to Embedded World with an incredible lineup of solution partners https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-returns-to-embedded-world-with-an-incredible-lineup-of-solution-partners.html The compound value of collaboration broadens the perspective on the digital transformation The compound value of collaboration broadens the perspective on the digital transformation

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems will once again exhibit at Embedded World, the most iconic event for Europe’s embedded community, hosted in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 26th to 28th. The journey starts at Wibu-Systems’ principal booth (4/360) and continues at the OSADL, SD Association, Trusted Computing Group, and Wind River spaces for a fully engaging experience of the world of secure license management applied to electronic systems, distributed intelligence, the Industrial Internet of Things, e-mobility, and energy efficiency.

At Wibu-Systems’ main space (Hall 4, booth 360), the company security experts will be focusing specifically on IP protection as a way to prevent attempts to pirate or reverse engineer crucial code and to ultimately ensure the lasting commercial success for businesses everywhere. They will also be sharing several case studies where IP protection was skillfully integrated into modern business models to multiply revenue streams.

At the collective exhibit of OSADL, the Open Source Automation Development Lab (Hall 4, booth 168), embedded software developers will be laying out the importance of monetizing digital know-how and raising the quality of their code. Wibu-Systems, who affiliated with OSADL a couple of years ago, will join forces with them to provide their combined expertise and services to the entire OSADL community.

Together with ATP, Delkin, GRL, Hagiwara, JMicron, Micron, Phison, Swissbit, Toshiba, and WD, Wibu-Systems will also present some of its many hardware secure elements at the SD Association’s group exhibit (Hall 3A, booth 524). On every day of the event, Tuesday through Thursday, 2.00 to 2.30 pm, Guenther Fischer, Wibu-Systems’ Senior Consultant, Licensing and Protection, will be holding the in-booth seminar “Enabling new business models with industrial grade CmCards and CodeMeter security”. He will elaborate on how CodeMeter secure memory cards, namely CmCard/SD and CmCard/microSD, couple industrial-grade flash memory with a hardware secure element to provide intelligent device manufacturers with software IP protection, cyber security features, and monetization capabilities through software licensing, made for use in any device equipped with an SD card slot and suited for both brownfield and greenfield applications.

At the Trusted Computing Group exhibit (Hall 3A, booth 528), the TCG member companies OnBoard Security, Wibu-Systems, and Wind River will demonstrate solutions for IoT and embedded security, based on TCG specifications and technologies equipped with a root of trust. On Feb. 26th and 27th, 11 am to 1 pm, Guenther Fischer will explain how to manage licenses with CodeMeter using Trusted Platform Modules as alternative safe repositories for encrypted code keys.

As the cooperation between Wibu-Systems and Wind River (Hall 4A, booth 320) continues to morph and evolve over the years, the two companies keep offering a comprehensive turnkey solution for VxWorks that encompasses integrity protection, authenticity, IP and copy protection, certificate management, license and entitlement management, and hardware, software, and cloud-based key storage.

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account and Partner Manager of Wibu-Systems, has woven several key collaborations with the company’s strategic solution partners. “Technology and commercial partnerships go hand in hand: the more we develop a holistic view about the use cases for our CodeMeter, the all-in-one technology for IP protection and secure license lifecycle management, the more we are able to provide specific tools to the embedded community that are easy to integrate with the environments they have already selected and continue to trust.”

To learn more about how Wibu-Systems technology can boost
security and revenue, visit the exhibit at Embedded World
Hall 4 – Booth 360

news-3423 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:12:39 +0100 Wibu-Systems’ CmStick/BMI makes its official debut at SPS IPC Drives https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-cmstickbmi-makes-its-official-debut-at-sps-ipc-drives.html Secure, portable, multi-vendor capable, durable: CmDongles are the all-star in license management Secure, portable, multi-vendor capable, durable: CmDongles are the all-star in license management

Wibu-Systems was already known for having the broadest hardware secure element family worldwide. At SPS IPC Drives, taking place in Nuremberg, Germany, November 27 to 29, the leading vendor in secure license management will present the all-new CmStick/BMI at its exhibit 660, hall 7.

The proprietary hardware license container lineup of Wibu-Systems comprises USB dongles in various styles, secure memory cards (CF, CFast, SD, and microSD), and ASICs. Their first dongles made their appearance on the market thirty years ago when the company was founded. Over the decades, they have gone through a number of generations to keep their performance and security levels at the very top. It was last year when Wibu-Systems announced a complete re-engineering of its CmSticks and started offering the new members of the “B” family one by one.

After the CmStick/B and /BMC, respectively the variants without flash memory and with MLC (multi-level-cell) flash memory, Wibu-Systems now adds CmStick/BMI, the version with pSLC (pseudo-single-level-cell) flash memory. All three units have their robust and elegant metal casing in common: compact in size, easy to remove from the target device when the license has to be operated from a different endpoint, sturdy in design with the USB connector fully integrated into the body of the unit thanks to SiP technology, and completely- customizable to support all branding needs. As a whole, the three devices meet the technical requirements of commercial and OEM grades. SLC flash memory for industry-grade dongles is still available on board the CmStick/MI and all Wibu-Systems CmCards.

Even though industry analysts had forecast their imminent demise again and again, hardware dongles of all shapes and sizes remain a favorite for developers and users alike. The protection they offer against counterfeiting and reverse engineering is far superior to any soft or cloud-licensing technology; the license portability that comes from simply unplugging and re-plugging the dongle cannot be paralleled; and only hardware dongles allow multi-vendor support.

When dongles come with flash memory on board, the memory itself can also be partitioned into up to four areas to enable additional uses: CmPublic with full read and write rights, CmSecure where data can only be accessed in blocks via a CodeMeter API, CmPrivate, a password protected and encrypted partition, and CmCdRom, which the host system recognizes as a write-once CD drive.

At SPS IPC Drives, Wibu-Systems will show several automation-specific applications typically realized with dongles. In the secure password management solution for the Siemens TIA Portal®, CmDongles are used as secure elements for password storage in combination with CodeMeter License Central, the cloud and database-derived solution for license lifecycle management, CodeMeter WebDepot, the user portal for license activation, CodeMeter Keyring for TIA Portal, the tool for password and entitlement management, and CodeMeter Password Provider, the interface module between CodeMeter technology and the TIA Portal.

For a separate demonstration, Wibu-Systems has built the dongle into a cocktail mixer. In this case, the Infineon crypto-controller that comes with all CmDongles is the principal actor: with Wibu-Systems cryptographic methods, it is the key component responsible for preserving the integrity of technology data on its travel from the cloud where it is sold to the machine where it is licensed.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems and owner of a number of patents to the protection and licensing technology wrapped around CmDongles, believes that the new CmStick “B” series will be a total game changer in the company’s portfolio: “We are totally committed to supplying our customers and end users with products that fully respond to the specific operating environments they operate in. We continue to refine their bill of materials and engineering design to provide optimal performance, long lifecycles, and long data retention. Our new CmStick/BMI is the first hardware secure element of ours to rely on pSLC and thus offer higher reliability than MLC-based units at a lower pricing point than standard SLC devices.”

To learn more about how Wibu-Systems technology can boost
security and revenue, visit the exhibit at SPS IPC Drives
Hall 7 – Booth 660


news-3403 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems at electronica: The future of electronics and IIoT are intertwined https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-at-electronica-the-future-of-electronics-and-iiot-are-intertwined.html Double collaboration with Infineon Technologies and the Trusted Computing Group Double collaboration with Infineon Technologies and the Trusted Computing Group

Karlsruhe, Germany – At today’s electronica opening day in Munich, Germany, Wibu-Systems comes with its IoT-enabling technology to support all embedded systems, automotive, medical electronics, smart industry, and AI developers and makers in their quest for highly secure and profitable solutions. Visitors coming from around the globe can meet Wibu-Systems’ protection, licensing, and security experts at Infineon’s pavilion, Hall C3, booth 502, and at the Trusted Computing Group exhibit, Hall C3, booth 509, until November 16th.

Over the years, Wibu-Systems, the global leader in IIoT-ready secure license management solutions, and Infineon, the world’s number one leader in smart card ICs and power management, have deepened their collaboration on multiple levels: The entire CodeMeter device lineup of Wibu-Systems, coming in the form of USB dongles, secure flash memory cards, and ASICs, is powered by Infineon SLM97 security cryptocontrollers to provide the highest certified secure repository for digital keys associated with encrypted software, firmware, and sensitive data and the related entitlement rights. CodeMeter µEmbedded, the special variant of Wibu-Systems’ flagship technology designed for microcontrollers, has also been successfully integrated with Infineon XMC45xx series to ensure IP protection, secure license updates and upgrades, and new monetization capabilities. Additionally, CodeMeter can use third party key storage elements like Infineon’s OPTIGATM TPMs.

Infineon has gathered several of its ISPN (Infineon Security Partner Network) partners at electronica to present different facets of embedded security, addressing specific market and application requirements that complement its own offerings. Wibu-Systems, Mocana, and IKV will respectively show how to trade technology data via a secure cloud-based marketplace, defend industrial control systems from unauthorized and manipulative cyber actions, and enable secured identification with wearables via mobile devices using state-of-the-art encryption mechanisms.

In particular, the demonstration from Wibu-Systems will focus on the value of technology data in the age of Industrie 4.0: machine configurations and 3D printing blueprints are two prime examples of secure and demand-based data sales. Purchasing valuable IP at high cost, but for infrequent use only makes little sense for buyers, which in turn generates slim revenues for industrial engineers. With the IUNO technological data marketplace, a cloud-based platform resulting from the IUNO German national reference project for cybersecurity in Industrie 4.0, machine operators and data producers can trade all types of data, securely and in line with real-time demand. The concept is exemplified with a drinking mixer that uses CodeMeter dongles, CodeMeter Protection Suite, and CodeMeter License Central to safeguard the IP throughout the entire data transfer.

Wibu-Systems is also showcasing its technology with the Trusted Computing Group in the Embedded area. Together with Microsoft, Mocana, and Onboard Systems, the TCG’s members will show attendees how to implement the DICE lightweight root of trust, TPM, and the TCG software stack to protect data, networks, and devices against cyberattacks and to ensure the integrity and health of the complete system. In particular, on November 14th, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, our specialists will explain how to manage licenses with CodeMeter using Trusted Platform Modules as alternative safe repositories for code encryption keys.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, invites all electronica attendees to join his team at Infineon’s pavilion and raise a toast to the bright future triggered by Industrie 4.0: “There is not a single industry sector left untouched by connected industry: by redesigning your business processes with customer-oriented, app-store-like monetization models, by protecting your IP against counterfeiting and reverse engineering attacks, and by preventing unauthorized use and tampering threats, Wibu-Systems and its partners help keep your data and people safe.”

To learn more about how Wibu-Systems technology can boost
security and revenue, visit the exhibit at electronica
Hall C3 – Booths 502 & 509

news-3394 Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:39:14 +0100 Wibu-Systems brings a message of hope to Compamed and Medica https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-brings-a-message-of-hope-to-compamed-and-medica.html Security and safety for clinical investments and operations Security and safety for clinical investments and operations

At this year’s edition of Compamed, the leading international trade fair for the suppliers and manufacturers of medical technology, and Medica, the world’s largest event for the medical sector, both hosted in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 12 to 15 November, Wibu-Systems and its prestigious partners are showing how a combination of security measures and new business models can create win-win-win situations for manufacturers, operators, and patients.

The Medica Tech Forum in Hall 12, E73-F67, has built its agenda around the digitization of the healthcare industry and the underpinning regulatory, commercial, and safety implications. The international leader in secure license management, Wibu-Systems, and its ecosystem of experts will drill down into the challenges and options for safer medical devices and IT. On November 15th, 11 am to 2 pm, a veritable parade of medical and technology authorities will tackle all facets of modern healthcare infrastructures:

  • At 11.00 am, Dr. Nicolas Kraemer, Sales Director of the Municipal Clinic Neuss – Lukas Hospital, that was held hostage by ransomware just two years ago, will elaborate on the dangers of our digital age coming from unknown sources.
  • At 11.30 am, Christoph Fischer, Executive Partner from BFK edv-consulting, will address the wide spectrum of threats brought about by current cyberattacks.
  • At noon, Dr. Ing. Georg Heidenreich, Healthcare IT Standards & Regulatory Manager at Siemens Healthineers, will talk about the challenges posed by modern connected medical devices.
  • At 12.30 pm, Roland Chochoiek, Electronics Business Unit Manager of Heitec, will focus on the new regulatory requirements (MDR) in manufacturing and how they affect medium-sized enterprises specifically.
  • At 1.00 pm, Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems and also member of the board of directors of the Medical Technology working group of VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, and member of the board of directors of Bitkom, the German digital association, will cast some light on the relation between IP protection, cybersecurity, and monetization applied to the healthcare business.
  • At 1.30 pm, Niklas Kuczaty, Project Manager on the VDMA’s Medical Technology working group, will host an open discussion between the above lineup of professionals and the wider public.

On November 13th, 1.55 to 2.25 pm, Oliver Winzenried will also offer his view from the trenches at Compamed Suppliers Forum, Hall 8b, booth G40. In a landscape that sees additive manufacturing, software and security, regulatory affairs, and medical innovations dominating the scene, his expertise on how medical device manufacturers can merge security with new business models in their pursuit of new commercial aspirations and quality standards will be pretty revolutionary.

Oliver Winzenried believes that the European norms about to be enforced will be the opportunity to transform the sector from the ground up: “When lives are at stake, security is non-negotiable. Hospitals and medical device makers are not just exposed to material theft; the safety of patients and their confidential data, the software operating critical medical equipment, and the IP invested by medical technology specialists are now major targets. In a global marketplace, a new approach to designing medical units can also win the producers new market share and recurring revenues.”

To learn more about how Wibu-Systems technology can boost
safety, security, and revenue, visit the exhibit at Compamed
Hall 8a – Booth N35

news-3349 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:05:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems extends its worldwide reach with a new office in Japan https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-extends-its-worldwide-reach-with-a-new-office-in-japan.html A new strategic foothold to accelerate the interdependence of humans and machines in a totally digital society A new strategic foothold to accelerate the interdependence of humans and machines in a totally digital society

Karlsruhe, Germany – On October 30th, WIBU-SYSTEMS AG celebrated the official opening of its new wholly owned daughter company, WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K., in Tokyo, Japan, together with the German-Japanese delegation and local industry luminaries. The new Far Eastern stronghold adds to the existing subsidiaries in Europe, U.S., and Asia Pacific that Wibu-Systems has created over the last 30 years.

The constant investments into high-tech innovation, the high-quality standards of its automation and medical industries in particular, and the vision of Society 5.0 propelled by a combination of digitization, AI, Big Data, smart factories, and smart society, make Japan an excellent gateway for digitally enabled business models. The opportunities already generated over the last decades by Wibu-Systems’ local distributor, Suncarla Corp., have shown that there is even greater potential to tap into. As part of its steady expansion plan, the international leading vendor of secure license management solutions has opted for a collaboration model between the existing channel and the new team.

WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K. will be managed by Tomoki Maruyama as Representative Director under the leadership of Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG. Mr. Maruyama has thirty years of embedded software and system business experience for various industries, including industrial automation and robotics, automotive, electronics, and medical technology in Japan. Before joining Wibu-Systems, he held a sales management position at MathWorks Japan for nine years and a country management role at a security solutions provider. At WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K., Mr. Maruyama is charged with raising awareness for Wibu-Systems’ software and hardware-based cybersecurity portfolio and contributing to building secure protection and licensing mechanisms for the embedded software used in industrial automation and robotics in Japan.

Mr. Maruyama will be assisted locally by Yasuaki Mori, Corporate Advisor of WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K. With his background in executive leadership and management, strategic joint ventures and partnerships, and organizational development in areas such as wireless, mobility, IoT, cybersecurity, storage, and computing, Mr. Mori, past President and Board Member and current Advisor of Infineon Technologies Japan K.K., is perfectly positioned to take well-planned initiatives and drive Wibu-Systems’ business forward.

The opening ceremony of WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K. took place last night at Hoorai Hall, Meiji Kinenkan, 2-2-23 Moto Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo. Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and the German delegation have paid a visit on their tour to meet Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of the parent company, and the representatives of the new enterprise to congratulate this new endeavor and emphasize the collaborative spirit of the two nations. The heads of WIBU-SYSTEMS K.K. have hosted a brief press conference that outlined the steps they are taking to build a high-profile network with industry moguls in Japan, facilitated by Yasukazu Irino, Executive Vice President of the Japan External Trade Organization JETRO, Marcus Schuermann, Managing Director of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan), the German Engineering Federation VDMA’s Japan Liaison Office, and the Robot Revolution Initiative (RRI), whose Security Expert Group Wibu-Systems is already contributing to as a full member.

Oliver Winzenried states: “We are extremely grateful to Shigeji Kobayashi, CEO of Suncarla Corp., for his unwavering support in the last twenty years. It is now time for us to step up and invest in an independent facility that can provide dedicated expertise to local software-powered businesses and intelligent device manufacturers. Our protection, licensing, and security technologies are facilitating the digital transformation movement in many fields of work and geographies: Japan is our next frontier. We are sure that Mr. Maruyama and Mr. Mori will put their business development skills to work and produce stellar results.”

news-3339 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:38:43 +0200 IIoT moves closer to maturity with Wibu-Systems at the Embedded Conference Scandinavia https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/iiot-moves-closer-to-maturity-with-wibu-systems-at-the-embedded-conference-scandinavia.html Leveraging embedded security as the key to an industrial economy renaissance Leveraging embedded security as the key to an industrial economy renaissance

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems is returning to the Embedded Conference Scandinavia, November 6th and 7th (booth 34), to share tangible results that can help move the discussion around IIoT from the level of technical visions and implementation concepts to the tactical stage. Key decision makers now have practical means at their disposal to seize the true power of the digital transformation in the industrial realm and capitalize their investments in order to place themselves ahead of the curve in the global economy.

Gone are the days of machines produced with fixed features for a predefined set of purposes and sold against a significant price that the buyer had to pay upfront. In the IIoT age, engineering, logistics, and maintenance costs can be saved by producing identical hardware with functions swiftly activated, updated, or upgraded on demand. Software becomes the major asset that enables new business models built around real market needs. This calls for new definitions for the trustworthiness of industrial systems that include security, safety, privacy, reliability, and resilience factors, and new monetization platforms that can provide a fair balance between system builders’, component builders’, and operational users’ expectations.

Wibu-Systems has created a way to reap the benefits of both sides: with CodeMeter, machine code, configuration entries, and production data are fully protected from piracy, reverse engineering, and tampering. Interoperability is the key trait of this technology, as CodeMeter interfaces with multiple devices (computers, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers), works on multiple industrial systems (Android, Linux, QNX and VxWorks) and architectures (ARM, x86, and PowerPC), and makes use of hardware, software, and cloud containers for storing digital keys, software licenses, and sensitive information. By seamlessly connecting with mainstream back office systems (SAP, Salesforce, and Digital River, just to name a few), it also adds value to the existing infrastructure.

On November 7th, 11.00 am to 11.30 pm, Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account and Partner Manager of Wibu-Systems, will be on the main stage of the Embedded Conference Scandinavia to introduce use cases and case studies of successful implementations of CodeMeter in the automation, automotive, connected transport, finance, and healthcare sectors.

Solution partners like Kontron, who are also exhibiting at this event, increase the immediate usability of CodeMeter. Coming integrated in their APPROTECT solution, the protection, licensing, and security technology of Wibu-Systems lands straight on the table of the engineers who are sourcing their embedded computing modules from Kontron. For the last two years, CodeMeter ASICs, powered by Infineon top-quality crypto controllers, has been included in all Kontron designs to safeguard the digital IP of intelligent device manufacturers and serve as the root of trust of a versatile software license management system.

Peter Mueller, Director Productline Boards & Modules at Kontron, explains: “With our products using Wibu-Systems ASIC, our customers can benefit from highly integrated, rugged, and industrial Kontron hardware, combined with Wibu-Systems’ well-known and proven software technology.“

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, comments: “Partnerships are instrumental for the growth of our technology; by blending our market insights and our specific expertise with that of companies like Kontron, we can deliver tangible benefits and value to our customers. The time to invest in applied solutions for Industrie 4.0 is now: Governments are supporting regional initiatives in all major industrialized nations, a constant dialogue between vendors is bringing higher standardization with each passing day, and concrete, actionable answers are being found to counter current threats. There’s no better time to embark on the IIoT journey.”

news-3262 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 11:53:38 +0200 Wibu-Systems Presents the Latest Industrie 4.0 Technology Advances at the IoT Solutions World Congress https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-presents-the-latest-industrie-40-technology-advances-at-the-iot-solutions-world-congress.html Bringing forward innovation that is ubiquitous to all industry verticals Bringing forward innovation that is ubiquitous to all industry verticals

For the upcoming IoT Solutions World Congress, the leading IoT industry event taking place in Barcelona, Spain, October 16th to 18th, Wibu-Systems, a global powerhouse in secure software license management, exhibiting in hall 2 - booth D411, has created a daily program jam-packed with interactive initiatives that are sure to engage the international audience.

The strategic position of its exhibit inside the Industrial Internet Consortium pavilion underlines strong ties within the IIC ecosystem that over the past year have brought about pioneering discussions around the future of monetization in industrial systems and the foundational concept of trustworthiness in the industrial realm. These two studies show Wibu-Systems’ commitment to support comprehensive frameworks that apply modern business digital models and top-notch security mechanisms to all markets, be it manufacturing, healthcare, or connected transport.

Together with TRUMPF, a leading manufacturer of machine tools, lasers, and electronics for the industrial domain, Wibu-Systems will offer a live demonstration of a secure technology data marketplace throughout the entire event. Attendees visiting its stand won’t just be served a refreshing drink, but will also learn how a cocktail mixer is securely connected to a license management system in the cloud; this platform as well as the machine itself are powered with CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems flagship technology offering a complete license and entitlement lifecycle management, hardware and software based key storage elements, and the strongest encryption algorithms and methods. In the IoT age, the intellectual property is bound to digital assets that can be monetized once they have been adequately protected, can be personalized by melding inventors’ ideas with customers’ real-time demands, and can be distributed globally with SaaS platforms connected to the local back-office systems.

Wibu-Systems is also partnering with the Trusted Computing Group; at their exhibit D485 in hall 2, on October 16th, 10 am to 12 pm, and on October 17th, 2 pm to 4 pm, the company is going to showcase Trusted Computing-based IP Protection. While IP protection is typically associated with a hardware container in the form factor of a USB dongle, a memory card, or an ASIC, it is also possible to leverage the TPM, in this case an Infineon OPTIGATM TPM, that is often present on the target device where the software is running.

One of the top highlights of the IoT Solutions World Congress, however, remains its forum, where thought leaders share their latest breakthroughs across seven different tracks. Wibu-Systems and its partners will address the avid learning crowd during two sessions:

  • On October 17th, 11.30 am to 12.15 pm, in room 5, Niklas Kuczaty, Project Manager at the VDMA’s Working Group Medical Technology, will host the panel Embracing the Challenges Posed by Modern Connected Medical Devices; Roland Chochoiek, Executive VP at HEITEC, Georg Heidenreich, Siemens Healthineers, and Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Founder of Wibu-Systems, will speak about the need to never compromise on security when lives are at stake. For hospitals and medical device makers, the safety of patients and confidential patient data, the software operating critical medical equipment, and the IP invested by medical technology specialists are always at risk. In a global marketplace, a new approach to designing medical devices can also serve to increase market share and generate recurring revenues for the producers.
  • On October 18th, 10.25 am to 11.10 am, in room 1, Dana Spataru, IOT security leader, EMEA Region, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte, will moderate the panel Secure Grip for PLCs on the Road to Enhanced Security in the Connected Age. Antoon Laane, European Product Business Manager, Controllers and Design Automation at Rockwell Automation, Johan Korte, Structuring Engineer Software at VMI Group, and Oliver Winzenried will join in a discussion on the need to protect IP in an environment of fully connected computers, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers. The VMI Group, a leading provider of machines and services for the tire and rubber industries, will demonstrate the integration of Wibu-Systems’ source code protections into Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 Logix Designer to keep these highly sensitive assets under control.

“We are delighted with Wibu-Systems participation in IOTSWC and in the IIC,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, IIC. “By exhibiting with other members and speaking about IoT in several sessions, Wibu-Systems is helping to demonstrate the power of IIoT across industries to IOTSWC attendees.”

“Wibu-Systems innovative use of the TPM and strong root of trust provides strong protection of mission-critical IP,” said Thorsten Stremlau, Lenovo, TCG marketing work group co-chair.

Oliver Winzenried sees the Internet of Things, and in particular the Industrial Internet of Things, as the gateway to a real global economy without borders: “As humans push their social and personal limits with the help of technology, technology itself redefines our lives, fosters new perspectives for our future, and challenges us in new ways. Embracing the true international collaborative spirit of the IoT Solutions World Congress, Wibu-Systems is eagerly participating in the show to provide new stimulus for constructive thinking and tangible results.

news-3222 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 08:58:36 +0200 Bringing Industrie 4.0 to life with three new technological and commercially viable use cases https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/bringing-industrie-40-to-life-with-three-new-technological-and-commercially-viable-use-cases.html Celebrating innovation and collaboration at IUNO closing event Celebrating innovation and collaboration at IUNO closing event

The IUNO project (the German national reference project for IT security in Industrie 4.0 financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) officially ends today, after having built a solid bridge between academia and industry for the last three years. The collaborative results are being shared publicly at a free event taking place at ewerk in Berlin on September 27th. The focal point of the lectures and demonstrations that are included in the program is security: security of services for the remote maintenance of production facilities, security of manufacturing processes for customized production, security of data across the entire value chain, and secure networking and monitoring of production systems.

Wibu-Systems is exhibiting three different use cases, each representing a technological milestone in its path towards security by default for software, firmware, and sensitive data in Industrie 4.0. The ultimate goals of its mission go beyond sheer innovation aspects: with each advance, the company is adding monetization capabilities for vendors to compete in a global arena, facilitating the go-to-market experience of inventors, and expanding the freedom of choice for users.

In collaboration with TRUMPF, a leading manufacturer of machine tools, lasers, and electronics for the industrial realm, Wibu-Systems has developed a Secure and Cloud-based Technology Data Marketplace solution. The demonstrator, coming in the form of a drinks mixer combined with an online store of cocktail recipes, is set to deliver a genuinely sensory experience of the future of industry. The user selects the recipe of his choosing, the recipe is sent in encrypted and fully licensed form to the mixer, and the drink is made in front of the user’s eyes. Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology protects the IP – the recipe – and enforces the licensing for each recipe. Access to marketplaces and ownership over data are becoming the gatekeepers for participation in Industrie 4.0 – but neither can function without an adequate level of protection.

In a separate project aimed at enhancing the security capabilities of the ubiquitous RFID technology, Wibu-Systems has teamed up with Balluff, one of world’s leading makers of sensor technology, and HOMAG, a pioneering maker of wood processing equipment. The Balluff OPC UA RFID Reader with Integrated Secure Elements is based on their intelligent UHF reader platform, supercharged with a Wibu-Systems CodeMeter ASIC that embeds an Infineon SLE97 crypto-controller as the secure powerhouse for digital keys and certificates. The system uses the security functions of the OPC UA implementation of Unified Automation built around Open-SSL to secure M2M communication at both ends: the tag reader and the computer processing the data on the one end, and the manufacturing execution system using it to steer production operations at the other end.

Wibu-Systems is also showcasing IP Protection and License Management with Trusted Computing and revealing how its flagship technology CodeMeter can be used to protect applications against reverse engineering and counterfeiting and enable new business models with license and entitlement management. Licenses associated with individual software functions are bound not, as it typically happens, to a USB dongle, a memory card, an ASIC or a file, but rather to an OPTIGATM TPM from Infineon Technologies to keep them safe and available only on the licensed target devices. License lifecycle management can also be integrated into back office workflows to expedite the monetization process even more efficiently.

The vision of a safe world of self-expression that Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, had with the birth of Industrie 4.0 is becoming reality: “The scope for the tools we invented to protect, license, and secure digital assets is broadening with every new partnership we create: each vendor that interacts with our technology brings new value and meaning to the initial set of functions we outlined. Together, we give new life to our individual achievements and merge them into a shared experience that celebrates human potential”.

news-2937 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 11:32:00 +0200 Oliver Winzenried elected among the "Managers of the Year 2018" https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/oliver-winzenried-elected-among-the-managers-of-the-year-2018.html Celebrating the winners at the Fourth Markt&Technik Summit Celebrating the winners at the Fourth Markt&Technik Summit

More than 7000 readers of Markt&Technik, the German weekly electronics magazine, cast their votes to choose the “Managers of the Year 2018”. In each of the nine categories, the three contenders with the most votes were chosen to receive their awards at the Fourth Markt&Technik Summit on May, 17th. Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, was chosen among the top “Pioneers & Innovators“.

The proud winner explains: “This news will certainly not mean that I can now rest on my laurels. It’s an incentive for me to work even harder for protection, licensing, and security. Over the next few years, Wibu-Systems is planning to invest massively into a new House of IT Security at our home base, which will bring other enterprises, start-ups, and researchers into the loop. As so many times before, this event has been a great experience and an opportunity to meet and network with experts from many leading companies.”

news-2834 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:06:12 +0200 Phoenix Contact chooses Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter for licensing PC Worx Engineer https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/phoenix-contact-chooses-wibu-systems-codemeter-for-licensing-pc-worx-engineer.html Licensing scalability and software protection for the automation industry Licensing scalability and software protection for the automation industry

Phoenix Contact, a global market leader and innovator in the field of electrical engineering, electronics and automation, and Wibu-Systems, a global leader in secure license lifecycle management for business and industrial environments, announce the integration of their flagship technologies at the Hannover Messe 2018. CodeMeter, the comprehensive solution for protection, licensing, and security, has been selected by Phoenix Contact as the best-in-class technology to streamline license and entitlement management of their PLCnext control system solution.

PC Worx Engineer, known as the comprehensive programming software engineering solution suitable for lots of Phoenix Contact controllers, can be used to implement complex automation concepts and is therefore offered in different payable or free of charge versions, available with additional add-ins. In a global scenario influenced by the emergence of Industrie 4.0 and with captains of industry shifting their attention from hardware to software in the value chain, a centralized license lifecycle management solution became of the essence.

In this first stage of the project, Phoenix Contact has focused primarily on the ability to offer their software in a modular, scalable, and efficient fashion. Additionally, their requirements included the need to protect their digital know-how and support the different ERP implementations that were installed at their various locations around the globe.

CodeMeter was able to completely fulfill their expectations. With AxProtector .NET, they automatically encrypt classes and methods of their software and shield it with a safety shell against piracy and reverse engineering. With CmActLicense, an encrypted and signed file, they bind the license of their software to a fingerprint of the target system. Alternatively, they can associate licenses with CmDongle hardware secure elements that come in several form factors, including USB sticks, memory cards, and ASICs. With CodeMeter License Central, they create, deliver, and manage standalone, network, demo, and emergency licenses of their software and its add-ons.

The ERP integration challenge was overcome with the use of CodeMeter License Central Connector, which made it possible for Phoenix Contact to interface their enterprise resource planning systems ranging from different versions of SAP to Baan with Wibu-Systems’ online database derived solution. Orders for PC Worx Engineer are sent from the worldwide subsidiary offices of Phoenix Contact to the SAP system located at their headquarters, and processed almost instantaneously.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, is excited by the opportunities that have come forth from this first step in cooperation: “Data driven applications, cloud centric platforms, and security technologies are fueling the current IT spending of companies; these are not mere costs though, but rather an investment in a digital, global, and secure marketplace. Our fruitful collaboration with Phoenix Contact reflects the digital transformation of the engineering field and a new business approach built on immediate and diversified responses to the market needs”.

Friedrich Wegener, Specialist Software Standardization at Phoenix Contact Electronics, adds: “Phoenix Contact was looking for a comprehensive, secure and flexible licensing solution that could be used not only for PC software tools, but also for licensing device functionalities or PLC program libraries. The Wibu-Systems’ technology is already the right fit for the cloud solutions of tomorrow. After a comprehensive market analysis to find a suitable provider of licensing systems, our choice quickly fell on Wibu-Systems.”

news-2826 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:07:00 +0200 Automatic License Updates: A Powerful New Feature of CodeMeter License Central https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/automatic-license-updates-a-powerful-new-feature-of-codemeter-license-central.html Introducing software license withdrawal to streamline logistic processes Introducing software license withdrawal to streamline logistic processes

Wibu-Systems, the winner of 2017 CODiE Award for Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution, has enriched its CodeMeter License Central secure license management platform with a new functionality: The ability to withdraw licenses that have been accidentally issued and replace them with the correct ones, whether they were already collected or not.

CodeMeter License Central is the database derived CodeMeter technology module for license generation, deployment, management, and monitoring. Even though it could also be operated offline, when hosted in the cloud and interfaced with ERP, CRM, and ecommerce solutions, it offers an optimal continuum for the user experience through specific ISV and end user dedicated portals. With the goal of providing all the immediate tools for all possible eventualities, CodeMeter License Central was already making it possible to transfer and borrow licenses online and without the need for Internet access or help desk assistance.

Beginning with release 3.20, CodeMeter License Central allows you to deliver and update licenses in additional ways: Licenses created or delivered by mistake can be withdrawn from the user immediately and replaced permanently with new ones, even without the user being aware, provided he has not collected them yet.

Typically, active licenses go through a number of states: not yet collected, collected (without receipt), and confirmed collected. The full lifecycle closes with two additional states: returned (without receipt) and confirmed returned. A license that has not been collected or has been returned sits in CodeMeter License Central and can thus be immediately removed, which will make it become invisible in queries, but still traceable in the history logs of the order and the license container.

In the three other cases in which the license is still with the user, once the withdrawal is ordered, the system first checks whether the license can be withdrawn without infringing the settings of other licenses. Only upon passing this test, the automatic process involving license withdrawal, manual selection of the licenses to deactivate, license assignment, license replacement, and manual selection of the licenses to activate is ignited.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Founder of Wibu-Systems, strongly believes in the power of license and entitlement management for upscaling businesses “While the subscription economy is more and more responsible for exponential revenue growth with material and immaterial goods, in the context of software publishing, whether in a traditional PC realm or in an IoT fueled environment, two key aspects prove to be the winning factors in a broad monetization strategy: the versatility and scalability of the licenses, and the smoothness of the buying journey. We keep amping up the set of features in CodeMeter License Central for ISVs and end users to meet in the digital market space and operate seamlessly”.

Interested in learning more about Wibu-Systems’ role in the world of industrial technology? Then, join us at Hannover Messe, 23-27 April, Hannover, Germany - Hall 6, Booth C15

news-2803 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:52:11 +0100 Wibu-Systems enriches the Intel SGX ecosystem with a new security solution https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-enriches-the-intel-sgx-ecosystem-with-a-new-security-solution.html CodeMeter provides secure storage for SGX native enclaves CodeMeter provides secure storage for SGX native enclaves

Wibu-Systems, the global leader in software protection, license lifecycle management, and device security for the embedded realm, has successfully completed the Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) enablement process for CodeMeter on Windows platforms.

CodeMeter is a technology that is laser-focused on the automatic or manual protection of software, firmware and data. It combines the latest hacker-proof encryption methods with secure hardware, software, or cloud elements where encryption keys as well as license and entitlement rights are safely stored. The complex, yet easy-to-use solution can run on computers, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and even microcontrollers. In particular, CodeMeter SmartBind is a patented solution that creates a digital fingerprint of the target device; its tolerance mechanism ensures that the cryptographic keys stored in the secure license file (CmActLicense) remain valid even when the hardware components of the device are replaced within the tolerance level selected. CodeMeter Binding Extension allows for a custom implementation of the binding mechanism.

Intel SGX is an architecture extension designed to increase the security of application code and data from disclosure and tampering. Software developers availing themselves of Intel SGX SDK can store their binaries in what is commonly referred to as enclaves, which are protected areas for execution in the memory. This set of instructions works with 6th, 7th and 8th generation Intel Core™ processor platforms and Intel Xeon® E3 processors.

Intel SGX provides an enclave for binary code to be encrypted within the Random-Access Memory (RAM). When this technology is integrated with CodeMeter, ISVs are not just benefitting from a hidden area, in the RAM enclave, where they can store their secret, but also from a Binding Extension enclave, namely a secure storage area on the device. The result: the code cannot be modified or debugged in memory, and the memory itself is secured.

Wibu-Systems, already an Intel Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Alliance member with its integration of CodeMeter for the Wind River® VxWorks® real-time operating system, is now also one of the first worldwide Intel SGX Ecosystem Solutions Business Clients, and plans to follow the initial availability of its solution for Windows with an SGX enablement extension for Linux and the cloud.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, shares his company’s vision: “As Wibu-Systems gets closer to its 30th anniversary, we are moving forward to become the backbone of Industrie 4.0: with CodeMeter, we are providing the tools and techniques to easily integrate robust cybersecurity measures in brown and green field projects. Wibu-Systems is one of the first vendors to offer the added protections of Intel SGX targeted at critical infrastructure and embedded markets”.

news-2795 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:10:42 +0100 The secure hardware element lineup of Wibu-Systems broadens once more with CmStick/B https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/the-secure-hardware-element-lineup-of-wibu-systems-broadens-once-more-with-cmstickb.html Serving the automation ecosystem at Embedded World with style and innovation Serving the automation ecosystem at Embedded World with style and innovation

Wibu-Systems, one of the three nominees with its Blurry Box cryptography in the software category for the Embedded Award 2018, is launching CmStick/B, its newest secure hardware element for the secure storage of cryptographic keys and software licenses at Embedded World. Visitors of the show can request their sample at booth 360 in hall 4 and start planning the upscale of their business.

It was just a few months ago when the company released CmStick/BMC, a gem in innovation and miniaturization that was coupling SiP (System in Package) technology for the integration of the USB connector inside the metal body of the dongle, with the SLM97 controller from Infineon for secure key storage in a smart card chip, USB 3.1 interface for fast data transfer, 16 GB 2-bit MLC flash memory for additional storage capacity of software and data, and the U9 flash controller and hyMap® firmware from Hyperstone for safe flash handling and reliable data management.

The resulting product stood out for two main reasons: its technology excellence encased in a sturdy and compact size unit, and the elegance of the housing that offered vendors the possibility for high end branding. Given the acclaim, Wibu-Systems then decided to extend the same design to a parallel product line: CmStick/B, the exact counterpart of CmStick/BMC without all the flash memory related components. The two brother devices have the exact same size, 12.1 mm x 22 mm x 4.5 mm, an optimal compromise between the tiny CmStick/C, the smallest in Wibu-Systems’ portfolio, and CmStick ME, the standard sized metal unit optionally equipped with SLC flash memory.

With the immediate availability of CmStick/B and /BMC, Wibu-Systems continues to extend its comprehensive array of hardware, software, and cloud secure elements that intelligent device manufacturers can trust and use in long-term industrial projects to reap the rewards of Industrie 4.0 and monetize their businesses in new ways with secure license management.

CodeMeter, the underlying Wibu-Systems’ technology for complete license lifecycle management for digital assets, that protects them against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering, has already been adopted by several preeminent players in the automation world:

  • Since its first implementation in V3.5, 3S-Smart Software Solutions has been offering an integration of CODESYS with dongle-based licensing for their engineering tool plugin features, OEM project protection, an API for PLC applications and licensing tasks, and copy protection for PLC target code.
  • B&R, an ABB company, chose a similar model and, with the same hardware dongle they do not just protect their own IP, but also make the same container available to their customers, thanks to its multi-vendor capabilities.
  • Kontron has embedded CodeMeter in its APPROTECT technology and CodeMeter ASIC onto all their newest embedded computing module designs to provide a ready-made and inherently IP protected solution that leaves their customers the freedom to simply choose the licensing models that fit their business game best.
  • In CodeMeter and its software based license containers, Phoenix Contact found the comprehensive, secure, and flexible licensing solution it needed for licensing not only PC software tools, but also device functionalities or PLC program libraries. Phoenix Contact has formally qualified Wibu-Systems’ technology for licensing PC Worx Engineer.
  • Rockwell Automation uses a combination of dongles and flash memory secure cards for source protection for their Studio 5000 Logix Designer, execution protection for application code on the Allen Bradley ControlLogix 5580, CompactLogix 5380, and CompactLogix 5480 PLCs, and online license and entitlement management.
  • Siemens has introduced a password provider API for their TIA portal. Wibu-Systems offers a cloud-based secure password management solution based on CodeMeter Password Provider, CodeMeter Password Manager, CodeMeter License Central, WebDepot, and CodeMeter dongles, which streamline the assignment and control of passwords and protect engineering data.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of WIbu-Systems, explains his strategy: “To support original equipment manufacturers in transitioning their value chains from hardware to software, we want to offer our protection, licensing, and security technology on multiple levels, facilitate its integration, and reduce the bottom line costs. To that end, our focus is to keep selecting the leading operating systems, the dominant architectures, and high-profile solution partners for CodeMeter to become a pervasive added strength in their business tactics”.

news-2760 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:48:52 +0100 Wibu-Systems Reinvents its Embedded Software Portfolio for Embedded World https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-reinvents-its-embedded-software-portfolio-for-embedded-world.html A totally new approach for CodeMeter Embedded A totally new approach for CodeMeter Embedded

With the launch of CodeMeter Embedded 2.1, Wibu-Systems introduces a new structural and business model that allows intelligent device manufacturers to download an SDK specific to their operating system and architecture within 24 hours of their request and quickly start testing the only secure licensing solution in the world that supports all leading industry platforms. Embedded World visitors can learn more and request their CodeMeter Embedded SDK of choice at Wibu-Systems’ exhibit, in hall 4, booth 360.

CodeMeter Embedded is a lean runtime environment for embedded systems. The immediate availability of the new version 2.1 is sure to keep the engagement of project teams high, but this is not the only novel aspect: embedded software developers can select among a broad list of preset SDKs, each consisting of one static library for every combination of supported operating system and architecture. CodeMeter Embedded 2.1 has been successfully tested to work with Android, Linux, QNX, VxWorks, and Windows from an operating system point of view, and with ARM, PowerPC, and x86 from an architectural standpoint. CodeMeter Embedded is made available in binary (compiled) form; Wibu-Systems’ clients can use their compilers/linkers to integrate these into their (protected) applications.

CodeMeter Embedded 2.1 also interfaces seamlessly with all of Wibu-Systems’ secure license containers, including the latest generation of secure hardware elements, CmStick/B and /BMC (the new elegant and robust metal casing form factor that comes with or without flash memory in the exact same design) and CmActLicense, the software variant that binds to a digital fingerprint of the target system. In the event of CmActLicense use, Wibu-Sytems’ clients should adjust the retrieval of the digital fingerprint and the storage of the license files to their target devices.

Moreover, CodeMeter Embedded 2.1 can be associated with AxProtector CmE and ExProtector, the software tools that protect against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering, and CodeMeter License Central, the database-derived solution for creating, delivering, managing, and monitoring software licenses.

At Embedded World, Wibu-Systems is also bringing its value-added security and licensing solution for VxWorks. As their cooperation continues to morph and evolve over the years, Wibu-Systems and Wind River, an Intel company, have refined their comprehensive turnkey solution for VxWorks that encompasses integrity protection, authenticity, IP and copy protection, certificate management, license and entitlement management, and hardware, software, and cloud-based key storage.

At the same time, the collaboration of Wibu-Systems with Intel continues to strengthen: CodeMeter has successfully passed the enablement test for SGX, Intel's architecture extension designed to increase the security of application code and data. Currently available for Windows and soon for Linux and the cloud, CodeMeter uses SGX enclaves to keep the binding properties safe in memory during runtime and enable even better licensing and software protection.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, sees the role of his company as the security catalyst for the embedded age led by Industrie 4.0: “M2M networks are entering a phase where remote control, monitoring, and maintenance are happening on global-scale networks with a plurality of vendors involved. Any technology that wants to become a de facto standard needs to provide interoperability and intercommunication between all present and future embedded systems. With CodeMeter Embedded 2.1, we bring usability, monetization, and cybersecurity to a new level for all mainstream platforms”.


news-2755 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:29:00 +0100 CodeMeter Monetizes the Business of Medical Device Manufacturers by Combining Cybersecurity with Flexible Software Licensing Models https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/codemeter-monetizes-the-business-of-medical-device-manufacturers-by-combining-cybersecurity-with-flexible-software-licensing-models.html Wibu-Systems will exhibit at MD&M West 2018 in Hall E, Booth 976, German Pavilion Wibu-Systems will exhibit at MD&M West 2018 in Hall E, Booth 976, German Pavilion

Wibu-Systems, an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market, will showcase its CodeMeter medical device software protection and licensing platform at the Medical Device & Manufacturing West conference and exhibition, February 6 – 8, 2018 in Anaheim, CA, United States.

Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology safeguards connected intelligent medical devices and embedded systems against the many potential vulnerabilities and security threats prevalent in today’s digital age. Employing sophisticated encryption and authentication mechanisms, CodeMeter protects against Intellectual Property theft, counterfeiting, reverse engineering and tampering; with its top-notch integrity mechanisms, it protects software, firmware, and sensitive data from malicious activities. CodeMeter also provides a secure and versatile licensing system that enables new business models such as on-demand software-driven feature activation, pay-per-use billing, and secure field upgrades. CodeMeter easily integrates with existing backoffice systems to automate license and entitlement management, thus reducing bottom line logistic and operational costs.

CodeMeter monetizes the IP of medical device manufacturers with an innovative, highly secure, and multi-purpose technology for software security and license management.

CodeMeter highlights:

  • Uniformity: one framework for multiple platforms that supports a plethora of license containers
  • Comprehensiveness: one gateway to CRM, ERP, and e-commerce solutions
  • Robustness: strong encryption that no hacking contest could break
  • Simplicity: simple integration and transparent customization
  • Uniqueness: one dongle for standalone and network scenarios available to multiple vendors at once
  • Continuity: one patented technology “Made in Germany” for the global community since 1989

Leading global medical device manufacturers have incorporated CodeMeter into their products.

For example:

  • Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions, employs CodeMeter to prevent reverse engineering of its proprietary software, safeguard its appliances from manipulation, and comply with directives from the MPG regulatory body. Additionally, CodeMeter’s flexible license management permits Sirona to customize their systems with software and license models that enable low entry-level prices for their customers.
  • custo-med, a leader in the medical diagnostic field, uses CodeMeter to implement complex and dynamic licensing models, manage instrument access rights, protect their software against tampering, and enable traceability of the systems for regulatory compliance.

Company executives will be on hand for product demonstrations and discussion at the Wibu-Systems booth in Hall E, Booth 976, German Pavilion.

news-2753 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:34:05 +0100 TCG Members Wibu-Systems and Winbond to Highlight the Role of Trusted Computing at Embedded World https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/tcg-members-wibu-systems-and-winbond-to-highlight-the-role-of-trusted-computing-at-embedded-world.html Live demonstrations of Internet of Things and Embedded Security Solutions Live demonstrations of Internet of Things and Embedded Security Solutions

Trusted Computing Group (TCG), in partnership with OpenSystems Media (OSM), will demonstrate and discuss secure embedded and IoT devices and data at Embedded World 2018, Nuremberg, Germany, in Stand 3A-507, February 27 – March 1.

TCG is a not-for-profit organization that develops, defines and promotes open, vendor-neutral, global industry standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust for interoperable trusted computing platforms. OSM is the leading media outlet for engineers working on embedded, IoT, industrial, and military applications.

The TCG program includes daily live demonstrations by the member companies Wibu-Systems and Winbond on how to protect IoT and embedded devices and data using several TCG specifications implemented for security purposes. The demonstrations will be augmented with a lecture by Dr. Florian Schreiner, IT Security and Platform Security Specialist of Infineon Technologies, who will present “TPM 2.0 for Enhanced Security in Software Updates of Industrial Systems” on March 1, 2018, 2:30 to 3:00 pm.

On February 28th and March 1st, 1 to 3 pm, Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, will demonstrate License Management with Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) powered by CodeMeter, the company’s flagship technology for protection, licensing and security. The data about technical know-how theft has always been alarming, but now the Internet of Things is bringing a new dimension to this phenomenon: counterfeiting, reverse engineering, tampering, and cyberattacks are skyrocketing, even in a Trusted Computing environment. As the value in the supply chain shifts from hardware to software, software protection becomes the vital backbone of any robust cyber security strategy. In particular, hardware secure elements (like industrial grade dongles, memory cards, TPMs, or ASICs) in the target system offer a secure repository where encrypted code keys can be safely stored. By combining endpoint security with skillfully designed licensing models integrated and back office systems, new revenue streams are created for any software-powered business. In the new economy led by Industrie 4.0, the secure upgradability and updatability of system features and functionalities open the doors for a shorter time to market, adaptive process optimization, and global competitiveness.

Winbond, a leading global supplier of semiconductor memory solutions, will demonstrate an IoT node running both authentic code and non-authentic (compromised) code. In the demo, a “cloud” server will get the correct Compound Device Identifier (CDI, as defined in TCG Device Identity Composition Engine specification) with authentic data from the authentic system and the wrong CDI along with fake data from the compromised system. The demo will show how the cloud server can identify the compromised system.


news-2741 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:21:12 +0100 Wibu-Systems Blurry Box Cryptography Named Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine https://www.wibu.com/kr/press-releases/press-release-detail/detail/wibu-systems-blurry-box-cryptography-named-product-of-the-year-by-electronic-products-magazine.html Blurry Box garners award for innovative advancement in software protection technology Blurry Box garners award for innovative advancement in software protection technology

Wibu-Systems, an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market, announced today that it was honored by Electronic Products magazine with one of the twelve Product of the Year awards for its Blurry Box cryptography technology.

The editors of Electronic Products, which is owned by the media group AspenCore, undertook a rigorous vetting process of products launched in 2017. For this 42nd edition of the annual prize, the winning products were selected from among thousands of submissions on the basis of innovative design, significant advancement in technology or application, and substantial gain in the price-performance ratio.

Software can be a significant part of product development, but that investment is often altogether too easy to steal through simple copying. Yet preventing such copying can be difficult, especially when a product is out in the field, where it is subject to physical as well as cyberattacks. Wibu-Systems’ Blurry Box cryptography safeguards software publishers from intellectual property piracy, product counterfeiting, software reverse engineering, and code tampering. Using a combination of seven published methods (creation, modification, and encryption of code variants, insertion of traps, decryption delays, choice of the code variant and state of the engine in the dongle), the Blurry Box scheme makes code theft more expensive than software development. With such complexity, a would-be attacker would find it easier and less expensive to develop similar software from scratch than hacking the original software.

Encryption schemes typically follow the “security by obscurity” convention where they are based on unpublished methods that can neither be evaluated nor compared with one another. Blurry Box, on the other hand, is based on Kerckhoffs’ Principle - "A cryptosystem should be secure even if everything about the system, except for the key, is public knowledge".

Blurry Box has been integrated into Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter protection, licensing and security platform. It extracts, duplicates, modifies, and encrypts individual functions, selects variants, and takes the flow of the program into consideration. Traps and decryption delays stop brute force attacks. The technology was proven to be unbreakable during an international hacking contest in 2017.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems commented: “In today’s digitized world, security is paramount. For example, look at the Intellectual Property involved in Industrie 4.0 production processes in terms of production data, machine configurations and software. This know-how needs to be protected against reverse engineering, counterfeiting, and tampering. Furthermore, production volume control, secure updates, or the remote activation of add-on-features need to be securely implemented. With Blurry Box, software protection is raised to a new level and quite capable of providing the necessary safeguards.”