Wibu-Systems Press Releases https://www.wibu.com en Copyright Wibu-Systems Mon, 19 Apr 2021 04:53:51 +0200 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 04:53:51 +0200 TYPO3 news-4777 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 08:29:13 +0100 Smarter and safer: Licensing and protection for intelligent devices and machine learning https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-adds-native-support-for-python-code.html

Wibu-Systems, a global leader in protection, licensing, and security technologies, has added support for protecting Python code in its native form with all the ease and versatility of its popular CodeMeter ecosystem. The Python programming language has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, particularly in the artificial intelligence and machine learning fields, due to its simplicity as well as the clarity and elegance of the code.

The renewed interest in Python, however, has made it an appealing prey for unscrupulous actors. Python code often made it too easy for hackers to access this invaluable IP, either wholly unprotected in plaintext form or simple to reverse-engineer, even if precompiled in native form by tools like Cython. Developers needed to have the means to encrypt and secure their code, but this long meant taking the additional step of pre-compilation to get native applications that could then be treated with their favorite protection system.

Until now, this was the only option for loyal users of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology as well, but the company has responded to the new interest in Python with a revolutionary way to protect the code. With CodeMeter’s new Python protection capabilities, developers can encrypt their work in its original form, and keep it safe and encrypted right up until it is actively needed, closing one of the all too common loopholes for hackers: Extracting the code from the device’s working memory. With CodeMeter’s usual commitment to full compatibility, the new Python encryption technology includes the standard, robust CodeMeter capabilities, ranging from its versatile array of licensing models and comfortable automation features to the ability to add smart modular protections. Individual pieces of code can be separately encrypted and licensed, giving developers even more freedom in choosing their operating concepts and business models, including the increasingly popular feature-on-demand or subscription licenses.

Python had long been relegated to the sidelines by the usual languages of choice for the software developer community: C and Java. But it has recently enjoyed a return to form as a firm favorite for developers, not only beating the myriads of other, newer and supposedly smarter languages, but also overtaking its two old rivals in popularity surveys, like the TIOBE index of preferred programming languages. With Python named the most popular language for a record fourth time in 2021, this revival is due to two very obvious factors: The language’s long-held commitment to simplicity and the great availability of resources in one of the most dynamic fields of software development: artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Smart devices have become ubiquitous in the digital age, and AI has long moved from being a thing of wonder or worry in science fiction to an everyday, almost unnoticed companion for us all. It ranges from such deceptively simple tasks as the image and speech recognition capabilities now included with many standard smartphones or digital assistants in the home to more genuinely smart technologies underlying the statistical magic, pattern recognition and prediction capabilities, or associative learning involved in complex operations like weather forecasting, algorithmic trading, and medical diagnostics. What many of these applications have in common is that they are handled by Python libraries.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, sees an important message in CodeMeter’s support for Python: “As we celebrate 32 years of the World Wide Web and make it the main underlying backbone of all today’s technologies, it is our duty to support lean and secure processes that facilitate the widespread adoption of protection methods across a highly diversified user base. Like there is no technology assisted life without security, there is no ubiquitous security implementation without simplicity."

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news-4754 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:24:00 +0100 CmCloudContainer: Secure Customer Relationships Made Easy https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/cmcloudcontainer-secure-customer-relationships-made-easy.html

Wibu-Systems, a pioneer in licensing and protection technology for more than three decades, continues to innovate and add to its broad range of solutions for software developers and end users alike. CmCloud, the company’s newest approach to licensing introduced last year, takes the familiar and popular CodeMeter license and entitlement management technology into the cloud for added ease and flexibility. Wibu-Systems’ engineers have tailored this unique module in the CodeMeter technology family to fit the deployment processes of any software vendor, regardless of their size.

Implementing CmCloud and CmCloudContainers and giving their end users the full CodeMeter experience is easy for boutique software developers as well as for larger independent and corporate software vendors. To license the software they have protected with CodeMeter Protection Suite or CodeMeter Core API, vendors can choose between an automatic or a manual approach. In the manual approach, the developer creates one CmCloudContainer via the CodeMeter Cloud Dashboard for every user, activates the license into this CmCloudContainer, and delivers the access credentials to the user.

In the fully automatic approach, the vendor simply creates entitlements, which are connected to tickets. Typically, this is done automatically via an ERP system or an e-commerce solution. Once these tickets have been delivered, users manage their account and licenses in a self-service license portal. The CmCloudContainer and its access credentials are created in the background and the licenses are activated using the tickets. The whole process is highly automated – no interaction with the vendor is needed. Also, support processes, like forgotten or stolen access credentials, can be handled by the users themselves.

When choosing CmCloudContainer, software publishers big and small and their users also become part of the CodeMeter ecosystem. With Wibu-Systems’ commitment to 4D interoperability, this means access to a sophisticated lineup of hardware and software license containers, a proven protection concept that relies on award-winning encryption technology, and a versatile license management system that works in all mainstream environments. From the embedded systems that make up the backbone of the industrial IoT to every major consumer operating system and technology, CmCloudContainers will work reliably from Wibu-Systems’ dedicated CodeMeter Cloud servers.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, believes that the CmCloudContainer is the perfect embodiment of the company’s mission: “With the licensing process made so simple and straightforward for actual users and still secure and reliable for vendors, our CmCloudContainer does exactly what we are here for: Taking away the hassle of licensing and protection to empower businesses to do what they do best – make great software. This is Wibu-Systems in a nutshell.”

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news-4700 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 06:08:00 +0100 CodeMeter and Apple’s M1: Top performance and proven reliability https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-and-apple-m1.html Latest CodeMeter version adds support for Apple’s new architectures Latest CodeMeter version adds support for Apple’s new architectures

Wibu-Systems, the pioneering maker of cyber-security solutions for software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers, is releasing version 7.20 of its popular CodeMeter licensing and protection technology to support Apple Inc.’s switch of its CPU platform to the proprietary M1 chip and the Cupertino vendor’s latest generation Big Sur operating system. The release takes place after a successful test of the compatibility and performance of the CodeMeter family on the next-generation Mac systems.

The strategic choice to move from the Intel x86 platform to the home-grown ARM-based M1 chip continues Apple’s transition towards system-on-chip (SoC) designs made by its own engineers, with the A4 chip of the original iPad leading the way. Mirroring the bold decision to migrate from PowerPC to Intel chips, the repercussions of this new shift will be felt by hardware makers and software developers alike.

Wibu-Systems expects the new chip design and its accompanying macOS Big Sur operating system to be a unique opportunity for its loyal CodeMeter customer base. To prepare for the new release of its flagship technology, Wibu-Systems’ engineers have put their solution to a rigorous compatibility test to be sure that CodeMeter users would indeed continue to enjoy the unrivalled ease of use of its licensing system and the unbeaten encryption capabilities in the new Mac environment.

Wibu-Systems’ commitment to keeping at the forefront of technological developments and staying true to its concept of 4D interoperability, aided by Apple’s careful preparation for the transition, has resulted into a smooth operation of the CodeMeter modular family on Apple M1 systems and the new macOs Big Sur.

CodeMeter users operating the new Mac systems are advised to update to CodeMeter Runtime 7.20 and CodeMeter Protection Suite 10.70, not only for their proven compatibility, but also to enjoy the latest features and capabilities. Users of Intel-powered Macs can continue to enjoy their CodeMeter software on Big Sur without any action on their part.

Wolfgang Voelker, Director Product Management & Support at Wibu-Systems, sees the potential of the occasion: “It is not the first time that Apple shakes up the industry with a bold strategy. We have supported our users with their Intel-based Macs for years; now, we have a chance to step up again in a timely manner and offer faster performance and a seamless experience to our current and future clients in line with Apple’s own evolution.”

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news-4684 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 06:48:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems Supports the QNX Neutrino Real-time Operating System (RTOS) to Accelerate Development of Mission-Critical Devices https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-supports-blackberry-qnx.html CodeMeter Embedded adds licensing and protection capabilities to software running on BlackBerry QNX RTOS CodeMeter Embedded adds licensing and protection capabilities to software running on BlackBerry QNX RTOS

Wibu-Systems, a leading developer of software licensing and protection solutions, today announced the company’s popular CodeMeter Embedded technology includes support for the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, a microkernel, POSIX-compliant real-time operating system from BlackBerry QNX. The QNX RTOS is widely used in life and safety-critical systems for vehicles, medical devices, industrial controls, rail, robotics and aerospace & defense.

The collaboration aims to empower mission-critical device manufacturers with first-class safety, reduced research and development costs and faster time to production.

CodeMeter Embedded is a static library that provides the licensing and cryptographic capabilities of CodeMeter for embedded operating systems like Linux Embedded, VxWorks, Android and now the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

Designed for embedded systems that need to operate 24/7 without fail, CodeMeter Embedded offers extensive options for mission-critical device manufacturers: support for different license containers (hardware, software, and cloud), devices (industrial computers, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers), back office systems, and operating platforms – including the QNX Neutrino RTOS. CodeMeter Embedded has supported the operating system on both ARM and x86 architectures since the 6.5 version of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, with support for the 7.0 version added in 2019.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems noted, “BlackBerry QNX has long pushed the envelope for lean, secure and reliable embedded systems with its QNX operating systems, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to add support for it with CodeMeter Embedded, part of our very own heritage of innovation in security.”

“The QNX Neutrino RTOS provides the reliable foundation necessary for building competitive mission-critical systems in a safe and cost-effective manner,” said Dhiraj Handa, VP, Channel, Partners and APAC, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “We’re pleased that Wibu-Systems has chosen to extend support for our OS, in recognition of the prominent position we hold in the embedded software industry. We look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead to ensure our shared global customers have a safe and secure solution that they can count on.”

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news-4671 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 06:18:00 +0100 Bringing Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter Capabilities to SAP Entitlement Management https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-and-sap-entitlement-management.html Solution enables new digital business models with smart and secure entitlement management Solution enables new digital business models with smart and secure entitlement management

Wibu-Systems today announced that it is combining its entitlement and license management competences to empower novel business models in the digital economy. Wibu-Systems, an SAP® silver partner and a trailblazer for software protection, licensing, and security, brings decades of experience in cutting-edge IT solutions and is rooted in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. With CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems delivers a secure and user-friendly solution to enhance SAP Entitlement Management for managing entitlements, reinforcing the company’s commitment to enabling software enterprises for a more successful data-driven economy.

Originally released in 2018, SAP Entitlement Management was envisioned as a software-as-a-service designed to enable avant-garde business models with a lean and streamlined entitlement management process. Whether referred to as access rights, permissions, or privileges, entitlements define who can use data, devices, services, or applications – the digital assets that make up the core of any software-driven enterprise.

With SAP Entitlement Management integrated with an ERP system like SAP S/4HANA, companies can field both traditional and innovative business models like subscription or pay-per-use products. Orders received through their ERP systems are translated by SAP Entitlement Management into entitlements with the comfort of an automated process and the transparency of a complete lifecycle management and centralized repository solution that comes with multiple service, analysis, and reporting tools on board. With multitenant cloud deployment and a streamlined technology capable of handling even massive amounts of orders and entitlements, the entire process works efficiently in the background for greater end user satisfaction.

For a fully rounded and robustly secured experience, the control over entitlements provided by SAP Entitlements Management is couched in the proven and popular CodeMeter technology. Wibu-Systems’ cloud-based license management solution is integrated with SAP processes to provide end-to-end support from sales over fulfillment to billing and revenue recognition.

When the company using the combined solution receives an order for one of its products, SAP Entitlement Management sends the order details to CodeMeter License Central, where a ticket is generated to activate the actual technical license on the customer’s device. The ticket is fed back through SAP Entitlement Management and the company’s ERP system and on to the user. All CodeMeter’s license container types, from physical dongles to software and cloud containers, are supported, giving the vendor and their end users full freedom of choice over the right level of flexibility and security for their needs. Once activated, the online and offline capabilities of CodeMeter License Central take care of the often burdensome administrative tasks like license checks and updates in the field for an even more user-friendly experience.

Stefan Bamberg, Wibu-Systems’ Senior Key Account and Partner Manager, sees a common mission with SAP: “25 miles lie between our headquarters, but I see our companies being much closer still with our commitment to enabling software and data-driven businesses. SAP Entitlement Management and CodeMeter work hand-in-glove to do just that, with secure and efficiently managed access to invaluable digital assets and resources.”

 

Any statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties described in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC), including its most recent annual report on Form 20-F, that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. SAP cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which SAP has no obligation to update and which speak only as of their dates.

SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE in Germany and other countries. Please see www.sap.com/copyright for additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

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news-4493 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 07:49:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems and CodeLock Combine Technologies to Provide a Robust Digital Document Protection Solution https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codelock-provides-robust-digital-document-protection-solution.html Encrypter – The Easy-to-Use Encryption Tool Secures Confidential Files for the Burgeoning Remote Workforce Encrypter – The Easy-to-Use Encryption Tool Secures Confidential Files for the Burgeoning Remote Workforce

Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, and CodeLock and Licensing Systems (Pty) Ltd., an information security technology company, have joined forces for CodeLock to offer a novel encryption tool that provides a fast and easy way to secure valuable documents and sensitive digital information traveling across disparate mail servers. With the use of CodeLock’s Encrypter tool and Wibu-Systems’ encryption technology, documents are protected with drag-and-drop ease prior to transmission across the Internet.

Safeguarding sensitive digital information has become paramount in the age of an increasingly mobile workforce. Corporations need to know that their confidential documents are not falling into the wrong hands once outside their organization. With Encrypter, users simply drag and drop a file into the app, in any file format (e.g. ZIP, DOC, XLS, PDF, JPEG, etc.), provide a password, and the file is encrypted. The decryption process follows a similarly minimal workflow. Users can also encrypt plain text for the secure transmission of information such as passwords or financial data. The decryption key is highly secure and only users, or their authorized recipients, have access to it.

Encrypted files can be securely stored on the user’s local computer, on external drives such as USB memory sticks or removable media or can be archived into any cloud storage solution. Moreover, these encrypted files can be sent to clients and customers via any email client, providing maximum security and confidentiality for sensitive data. Upon receipt of an encrypted file, the receiver must then use Encrypter to decrypt the file, using dual authentication and randomly generated passwords.

The Encrypter software package itself is protected by Wibu-Systems CodeMeter technology and its licenses are associated to secure containers, either a device-bound file (CmActLicense) or a dongle-bound unit (CmDongle), which is not only the most secure option but also allows for encryption keys of the protected software to be stored independently of the user’s device. With both container variants, encryption keys can be stored offline, an additional bonus for the user. Alternatively, a cloud license (CmCloud) can be used with the encryption keys bound and stored in the cloud, requiring no physical licenses. All these licenses ensure that the Encrypter software is protected and can only be accessed by authorized users.

Ken Metcalf, Chief Technology Officer of CodeLock, said: “Safeguarding sensitive information becomes a logistical and administrative nightmare when dealing with clients remotely all over the world. There is always a concern that a client’s mail server could be compromised. With Encrypter, our team can share configuration files with clients safely and securely and set up the suite of products on a client’s server without having to be on site. Moreover, Encrypter extends our protection to software templates and client’s equipment configurations, including IP addresses, ports, and even passwords for data connection strings.”

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account and Partner Manager of Wibu-Systems added: “Many individuals and organizations working remotely or with third party clients rightfully worry about securing files that end up on computers or mail servers outside of their control. Recent trends have exacerbated this issue, as more employees are working on home systems, generally without the protections afforded by their corporate IT infrastructure. With Encrypter and CodeMeter technology, corporations can enable their remote workers to conduct business as usual from anywhere with confidence that sensitive information will remain safe and secure.”

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news-4471 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:56:13 +0200 Wibu-Systems’ vision for the future of industrial automation at SAVE https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-vision-for-the-future-of-industrial-automation-at-save0.html The digital revolution between progress and principle The digital revolution between progress and principle

Wibu-Systems is joining the Italian industrial automation expo SAVE for the very first time in a year that sees the show take on a novel digital format. Between 30 June and 3 July, a special digital platform will be set up to host sessions on maintenance 4.0, diagnostics, predictive analytics, monitoring solutions, controlling and supervision systems, industrial automation and Industry 4.0, smart instruments, and cyber-security. Wibu-Systems will contribute its unique combination of innovative software, firmware, and information security technology with novel monetization solutions for digital assets.

The COVID19 pandemic has caught the world unawares, coming at a historical juncture, as artificial intelligence, 5G, and post-quantum-computing are finally becoming a reality. At the same time, the lockdown has given the world’s connected capabilities a first true practice run: a sudden mass migration to online services for work and leisure compared to the pre-pandemic situation. Serendipity has set a strong precedent that promises to give truly digital enterprises new momentum in all walks of life, not just the industrial world. Ditherers and doubters now have no real option but to adjust, to rethink their workplace realities and forms of cooperation, to guarantee the continued operation of their businesses and facilities even in global emergencies no one expected, and to put in place the means to manage people and goods to track their movements, monitor public health, and understand the behavior of entire populations.

Technologies like modern robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, additive manufacturing, or software-as-a-service will be essential for the switch from a conventional economy to an increasingly connected, mobile, and virtualized way of doing business. However, the visions of smart cities and smart factories depend on sensors, tools for collecting and processing data that are always connected to the Internet, making them vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Security problems abound as a result of the proliferation of insecure edge computing devices or remote collaboration tools used in home offices during lockdown, often outside the reach of corporate IT security provisions.

In this massive shift to digital, cyber-security has become an indispensable cornerstone. The growing popularity of cloud applications and services calls for a new look at the means to protect the integrity of software downloads and installations, the security of firmware, the issuing of secure licenses, and the protection of all digital assets, wherever they may be used or stored at any given moment.

Wibu-Systems is celebrating 30 years in its business, during which it has stayed true to its mission and constantly expanded its competences for the industrial world, empowering the developers of software for industrial computers, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers with perfectly interoperable ways to secure their smart devices with innovative technologies, including secure booting, authentication protocols, or sophisticated cryptographic methods, to guarantee the integrity of their systems and the security of their data.

Wibu-Systems will take to the virtual stage at two events during SAVE:

  • At 10.40 am on July 2nd, the session on “Best Practices for Software Trustworthiness in IIoT Applications” will address how software trustworthiness defines how reliably software can operate in line with its requirements, safe from outside interference and protected from the risk of service disruptions, productivity losses, and material damage or even physical harm.
  • This is followed at 3.10 pm on July 2nd with a special webinar on “Reimagining the Value Chain for a New Industrial Renaissance”, which will cast a light on ways to efficiently capture the potential of the digital transformation by switching the mental paradigm from hardware to software, recognizing the immense new business opportunities, and proactively combatting the novel challenges to IT security it brings.

Daniela Previtali, Global Marketing Director for Wibu-Systems, believes: “We have come to a real crossroads: One choice takes us to a future where technological innovation is left to run rampant and damage the fabric of our society. The other choice channels our innovative capacities into a human-centric and ethically informed direction. They both promise freedom for software developers, the makers of smart devices, their users, and society as a whole to create new value with novel servitization models, to be more aware of our resources and our environmental footprint, and to guarantee a better life for people around the globe.”

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news-4442 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:20:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems CodeMeter Licensing Platform Scales-up to Deliver New Monetization Options for Civilserve’ Specialized Geotechnical Information and Engineering Solutions https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-delivers-new-monetization-options-for-civilserve.html Flexible Software Licensing Options Keeps Pace with Customer Demands Flexible Software Licensing Options Keeps Pace with Customer Demands

Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, has enabled new software monetization options for its long-standing customer, Civilserve, the exclusive sales partner for GGU Software, with the addition of its CodeMeter Cloud licensing solution. The modular scalability of CodeMeter allows Civilserve to now offer the complete GGU-Software geotechnical package with dongle, software, or cloud-based licenses and a wide range of license options to open up new business development opportunities.

The GGU-Software comprises 50 individual applications and modules, providing civil engineers with everything they need for complex geotechnical and geohydraulic analyses in building projects. Architectural and engineering plans and measurements and test data from the field can be fed into the system for immediate processing and visualization. The software technology and equations making this possible constitute a digital asset of enormous value, not just monetarily for their makers and distributors, but also practically for the users in the field.

Shortly after Civilserve was founded in 2001, they selected Wibu-Systems WibuKey dongle technology to protect and monetize their valuable software asset. As the licensing ecosystem evolved, in 2006, Civilserve worked with Wibu-Systems to create an integrated online shop to sell its product with licenses on the newer CodeMeter dongles (CmDongles). The online shop is based on the Cleverbridge platform an all-in-one e-commerce and subscription billing solution for software, SaaS, and digital goods. The shop allows Civilserve to support their international customers while relying on Wibu-Systems to fulfill their orders via the consolidated worldwide network.

In 2012, the introduction of software-based licenses (CmActLicenses) by Wibu-Systems enabled Civilserve to benefit from new licensing models and branch out into new areas. The added flexibility allowed by these new license models, like rental licenses, was well accepted by Civilserve’s users who operated in a heavily project-driven industry. New subscription and time-bound licenses followed soon after, including a unique 10-hour license for ad-hoc use when and where customers needed time-limited access to specific GGU-Software modules for their projects.

In 2019, Wibu-Systems added Cloud licenses (CmCloud) to the mix, including a plethora of choices: permanent, time-bound, and ad-hoc single-user or network licenses, on dongles for top protection, software license files for maximum flexibility, or cloud licenses for the best of both worlds – all made possible with the ease and security of a fully integrated online shop and the cloud-based license management system,CodeMeter License Central.

Said Thomas Walkemeyer, Managing Director Sales, Civilserve: “In autumn 2001, we were looking for a new method of licensing and protection against pirate copies of our GGU-Software solutions. We wanted a simple license management system for ourselves and our customers, which would protect their investment. In our search for an innovative and future-proof solution, we ultimately decided in favor of Wibu-Systems. I would like to emphasize two things, also on behalf of my partner Joerg Otto, about the Wibu-Systems team: Trust and appreciation. These are the cornerstones of a successful working relationship and have always been there to form stable foundations for our partnership.”

Ruediger Kuegler, Wibu-Systems’ VP Sales added: “We are glad that we were able to up the level of protection and monetization capabilities and match Civilserve’s customers’ demand for more versatility, paving the way for their company growth. Freedom of choice is very important to us and we pride ourselves in delivering an unparalleled degree of flexibility in secure software license management so our customers, like Civilserve, can leverage the many advantages afforded by these freedoms as well.”

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news-4440 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:40:00 +0200 IUNO2PAKT: Real-world solutions for safer industrial communication https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/iuno2pakt-real-world-solutions-for-safer-industrial-communication.html Seizing the potential of certificates for securing the industry of tomorrow Seizing the potential of certificates for securing the industry of tomorrow

Karlsruhe, Germany – IUNO, the German national reference project for IT security in Industry 4.0, returns with a second iteration under the name of IUNO2PAKT, new goals, and partners to offer a vast range of solutions meant to counter the cyber challenges Germany and the global community are facing on the cusp of the digital industrial revolution. Fraunhofer IOSB, the largest European research institution in the field of image acquisition, processing, and analysis, Hilscher, a prominent manufacturer and service provider for communication solutions and automation, Weidmueller, a world leader in the industrial environment of power, signal, and data, and Wibu-Systems, a pioneer in secure license management servicing any software powered business, have joined forces to empower enterprises in their digital transformation journey.

Recent developments have shown the elasticity, but also the fragility of global supply chains faced with a sudden and unexpected crisis: With smart factories and modern technologies like 3D printing adding much needed responsiveness, the breakdown of physical connections and human communication puts the reliability and security of digital communication in the spotlight. IUNO had already produced important advances in this area upon its conclusion in late 2018. Now IUNO2PAKT, the second incarnation of the initiative, sees its members pooling their expertise for a period of three years and publicizing the concepts, methods, and tools needed to install the backbone of a more resilient industrial landscape with an emphasis on usability in the real world.

Wibu-Systems has adhered to the IUNO2PAKT consortium with a commitment to harnessing the power of certificates for safer industrial communication. Digital certificates provide the most desperately needed currency in these transactions: trust. Assigned by a trustworthy Certification Authority, certificates can act as proof of identity in machine-to-machine communication and smart factories, where applications, machines, and business systems need to be able to identify and communicate with each other, often in heterogeneous environments or across legacy networks. Their widespread use, however, has been held back by the sheer complexity of certificate management. Even if a solid certification process is in place, the risk lies in the passage of the certificate to the target machine or device. Modern Global Discovery Servers (GDS) step into the breach to ensure that certificates are trusted by their recipient. For IUNO2PAKT, Wibu-Systems is enveloping this entire process with a novel addition to its CodeMeter security and protection universe: CodeMeter Certificate Vault.

The new approach sees certificates placed in the safe space of a CodeMeter license container, either a CmDongle as the physically safest container or its more intangible counterparts, a CmActLicense or a CmCloudContainer, respectively, the file and cloud-based counterparts. CodeMeter Certificate Vault is designed to work with Microsoft’s open-source GDS and OPC UA stacks like Unified Automation’s or the open62541 ANSI C stack, specifically to operate seamlessly within ecosystems that are already popular in the industrial automation world. Certificate Vault integrates with the SSL part of the stacks to create a multi-vendor platform for certificate storage and handling, thus lowering one of the hurdles for the use of optimal security technology in the context of OPC UA.

CodeMeter Certificate Vault is also integrated with CodeMeter License Central, the cloud-based license management system favored by clients for its ease of use, to guarantee a new level of convenience in the roll out process of digital certificates. Ultimately, Wibu-Systems’ contribution to IUNO2PAKT raises the bar for trust and comfort in the world of digital certificates, making for an easier transition to a truly connected industrial world.

Marco Blume, Product Manager Embedded at Wibu-Systems, believes in the game-changing potential of certificates: “What stops many OPC UA users from utilizing their full security functions is the complexity in handling certificates. Wibu-Systems’ primary focus for this project is to automate that process by integrating CodeMeter Certificate Vault in mixed-vendor, heterogeneous OPC UA infrastructures.”

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news-4434 Wed, 27 May 2020 14:54:00 +0200 Takebishi Taps Wibu-Systems CodeMeter to Protect its Flagship Communication Middleware and Provide Versatile License Management for the Smart Factories of the Future https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/takebishi-taps-wibu-systems-codemeter.html Flexible Licensing Platform Addresses Varying Usage Scenarios Around the Globe Flexible Licensing Platform Addresses Varying Usage Scenarios Around the Globe

Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, was chosen to integrate its award-winning CodeMeter protection and licensing platform into the flagship industrial communication middleware of Takebishi, the Kyoto-based total solutions provider, distributor, and evangelist for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s factory automation technology. Takebishi replaced a mix of proprietary and third-party licensing systems with CodeMeter, implementing both hardware and software licensing under the same technological umbrella for DeviceXPlorer® OPC Server Ver. 6, an OPC server software that provides connectivity with control devices on the shop floor.

Takebishi’s DeviceXPlorer OPC Server plays a critical role in the development of smart industry, ensuring connectivity with industrial controllers, such as PLCs, machine tools, and robots. The middleware supports more than 200 PLC brands and is highly compatible with SCADA and ERP/MES systems. While the rise of the IIoT and smart factories provides the agility required to enable manufacturing-as-a-service business models, it also raises its vulnerability for unauthorized use of their IP by criminal actors outside of their control.

For previous iterations of their system, Takebishi had initially relied on simple licensing by serial number, later followed by a proprietary licensing algorithm and external, hardware-based protection technology. As its license management became increasingly complex, Takebishi encountered more and more difficulties with accommodating important new emerging technologies, especially virtual environments and support for Docker, the novel and popular container virtualization solution.

With CodeMeter fully embedded in the newest version of DeviceXPlorer OPC Server, Takebishi protects its communication middleware against unauthorized use and piracy, and achieves the licensing flexibility needed to cover every scenario among its diverse industrial user base – online or offline, virtual or cloud environments, hardware containers for top security or software containers for the added comfort of online license transfer and activation. And with full support for Docker environments, CodeMeter can easily support Takebishi’s launch of its new Device Gateway, its manufacturing information and OPC UA communications handler on Docker.

Said Takumi Ishida, Manager System Solution Development, Takebishi ”It makes me very proud to introduce CodeMeter to the 6th version of DeviceXPlorer OPC Server, our main product that is used widely in Japan and overseas. A strict management of licenses, combined with flexibility in how licenses are used, was indispensable as we continue to grow our sales. CodeMeter offers both and made the switch from the licensing algorithm we had developed easy. I would love to expand our product features with CodeMeter’s capabilities.”

Tomoki Maruyama, Wibu-Systems K.K. Representatitve Director, added: “We are a firm believer in freedom. In our case, that means we strive to deliver technologies that provide our customers with the highest level of flexibility so they can achieve their business objectives in a world full of uncertainty and ever-changing trends to which they need to readily adapt. With the integration of CodeMeter into DeviceXPlorer OPC CServer Version 6 and their Device Gateway for Docker, Takebishi is well prepared for the opportunities and challenges ahead in the IIoT age.”

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news-4376 Fri, 17 Apr 2020 09:29:45 +0200 The role of trustworthy and secure software in times of COVID-19 https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/the-role-of-trustworthy-and-secure-software-in-times-of-covid-19.html How the Coronavirus has changed the pace of digital transformation How the Coronavirus has changed the pace of digital transformation

At a time when the pandemic is disrupting businesses, causing massive unemployment, and changing everyone’s lives, Wibu-Systems, the cybersecurity vendor on a mission to protect the digital assets of enterprises around the globe, is offering a positive outlook, restoring hope, and recommending a laser-focused approach as we are entering into the second quarter of 2020.

The Coronavirus effect has raised new questions about the time horizon, modalities, and investments needed to achieve a global economic recovery once the health emergency is over. The magnitude of the current crisis is also calling into question the very priorities and objectives that governments and businesses had set before the world’s lockdown started and is challenging the feasibility of ongoing projects.

Nevertheless, the central role of software in these months of businesses scrambling to reorganize and reinvent themselves is undeniable, as is the need to secure digital assets outside of their companies’ borders, now that smart working has become an essential reality for everyone. From a broader perspective, it is technology as a whole that is called to the forefront to assist the medical-scientific advances needed to solve the current pandemic and safeguard us from its potential resurgence. Whether it is Big Data analysis to study the spread of the disease, software to operate the ICU machines that keep the worst affected patients alive, or genetic engineering applications to build humanity’s answer to the virus, the health and the life sciences sectors are undeniably pervaded by "code".

The security of the firmware that operates medical devices, of patients’ and citizens’ data, and of the software that allows biologists, virologists, and healthcare professionals to carry out their essential work, is under a spotlight. Over the years, Wibu-Systems has collaborated with many companies operating in the medical field, preserving the integrity of the data and code generated and managed by them from piracy, reverse engineering, and tampering. Companies such as Fritz Stephan, committed to producing much-needed emergency ventilators, Agfa HealthCare and United Imaging, active in the field of computerized image management, B.Braun, dedicated amongst others to the production of disinfectants and protective equipment, custo med, focused on connected and customized cardiology solutions, Agilent, with its wide array of clinical diagnostics solutions, or Metrohm, with its peerless high-precision instruments for chemical analysis, have already chosen to use protection technologies such as CodeMeter to defend both their know-how and the confidential information they manage.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, remains optimistic about what the future holds. "The scale of this global crisis has taken the world by surprise, but it is also helping us stay united and focused on the priorities that really matter the most and that may inspire us to create a better future for all. In spite of social distancing, people are staying connected with the aid of telecommunications, and everybody is showing a genuine sense of responsibility. Many companies are also reviewing their production lines and contributing generously in an act of solidarity. I remain convinced that the economic recovery will be epoch-making, its repercussions will be felt in every corner of the planet, and the digital transformation will prove essential to keep us healthy and fulfilled."

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news-4357 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:53:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems supports smart working with free cloud-based license containers https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-supports-smart-working.html How the digital world is impacting the way we work during the COVID-19 crisis How the digital world is impacting the way we work during the COVID-19 crisis

During this crucial time when digital solutions are supporting business continuity in several sectors around the world, all IT vendors are called upon to provide their support to the global community. Wibu-Systems, dedicated to protecting the business of software publishers with its robust and dynamic license management technology for the last thirty years, is stepping up and offering cloud-based license containers for home office workers worldwide free of charge during the second quarter 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to initiate home office work for most of their employees. In the context of software development, this means that many software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers are considering actions aimed at facilitating such efforts for their customers. Wibu-Systems is committed to delivering a key element in the process, a free license container that lives in the cloud and can hold multiple licenses for all home office workers. This so-called CmCloudContainer is part of the latest evolution of CodeMeter, the technology that safeguards the intellectual property inherent in digital assets and monetizes the technical know-how via an abundance of license models.

As cloud computing is the fundamental resource for lean and collaborative work, Wibu-Systems invested in an epic transformation of the traditional license and entitlement management systems as we’ve come to know them and launched CodeMeter Cloud in 2019. This new solution comprises a few intertwined elements, including CodeMeter License Central, the cloud-based system for creating, delivering, and managing licenses, CmCloudContainers, the secure license containers holding the license, and the CodeMeter Cloud Server itself, the cloud-based architecture for high availability of the licenses.

A crucial aspect of any cloud-based system is security and CmCloud uses certificate chains to establish trust in the cloud licensing process and the cloud storage environment, while protecting the integrity of the service. CmCloud holds the licenses in a secure web environment, accessible only to those who specifically need it, and manageable only by those authorized to do so.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems, was eager to make his personal contribution during the Coronavirus global emergency: “Our business greatly depends on our ability to innovate, and there is no better time than this to spark new ideas and test them immediately. We were already foreseeing a future based on freedom of mobility and online collaboration fully dependent on advanced software and constant connectivity. In the face of the current challenges, we want to help ISVs all over the globe to provide licenses of their software in the cloud that their customers can use from their home office without any special VPN setup.”

Wibu-Systems is thus ready to deliver worldwide one free CmCloudContainer to every existing customer and new prospect alike for the entire second quarter of this year. This CmCloudContainer can be used for multiple licenses by home office workers. All those who intend to take advantage of this offer just need to have a copy of CodeMeter Runtime 7.0 or newer and a Firm Security Box for Universal Firm Codes, which is essentially the master dongle software publishers use to create their software licenses. On the home office worker’s side, Internet connectivity is a must. The entire setup will be taken care of by Wibu-Systems’ team. Interested parties can enroll online at www.wibu.com/coronavirus.

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news-4332 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:02:30 +0100 DigiFab4KMU – Paving the way for smart factories in practice https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/digifab4kmu-paving-the-way-for-smart-factories-in-practice.html Manufacturing, academic, and security stakeholders aligned to transform the construction industry Manufacturing, academic, and security stakeholders aligned to transform the construction industry

archis Architekten + Ingenieure, an architecture firm successful in the development, planning, and realization of construction projects throughout Germany, ARNOLD IT Systems, a system house for CAD, CAM, PDM, Industry 4.0 & software development, manufacturing and BIM, the Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, a pioneer in virtual factory planning research, and Wibu-Systems, the cybersecurity vendor that is leveraging the protection of digital assets to monetize Industry 4.0 driven economies, have joined forces to launch the construction industry into the digital age.

Building construction has been at the forefront of technological progress throughout the millennia and stands again on the cusp of momentous changes: the digital revolution, bringing not only substantial opportunities, but also considerable challenges. Construction projects large and small are becoming ever more complex, with a constant stream of new guidelines and building codes to consider, the risks of climate change to address, and the expectations of an increasingly urban and tech-savvy clientele to meet.

Building information modeling (BIM) is an innovative process of generating, analyzing, and managing building data throughout its life cycle. Used in planning, construction and management of buildings or other structures, BIM relies on non-proprietary, end-to-end business processes that work across companies and free from media disruption. However, 3D-model design theory, like BIM, has yet to make its contributions more universally applicable in the field, as legacy systems will continue to be used in conjunction with pioneering innovations.

DigiFab4KMU intends to leverage the potential of the digital revolution in the building industry by integrating all phases and agents involved in the construction process and their unique data and software assets in one integrated virtualization system (IVS). This IVS covers the entire process from planning to execution and operation for all trades and disciplines involved in the process, ranging from the architectural to the building technology, logistics, and IT functions. The end result is a comprehensive and fully digital value chain that brings all of the innovations already realized by other digitally transformed industries to the construction sector: business intelligence, smart and connected production processes, optimized material flows, and mass data driven process optimization. The IVS constitutes a virtual twin of the physical project in much the same way and with many of the same benefits already achieved in similar systems in the mechanical engineering and other sectors of industry.

Bastian Wieland, CEO of archis Architekten + Ingenieure states, “The introduction of IVS will allow us to configure datasets in a totally new way that will give us a high level of flexibility and expandability in planning.”

Marco Arnold, CEO of ARNOLD IT Systems, adds “Our company is tasked to deal with modelling and developing connected technical systems that will form part of the foundation of DigiFab4KMU. There are many hurdles to overcome for us to offer and operate innovative digital building and factory planning in the future, but we are certain that the boundaries that still separate different departments and IT systems and different ecosystems can be bridged with our joint efforts.”

KIT, the Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI), headed by Prof. Jivka Ovtcharova, is researching, among other topics, virtualization from CAD planning data. In the BIM domain in particular, the goal is to combine all planning data for a new building into a virtual model. For example, 3D scans of the construction progress are combined with CAD plans. In addition, the production planning in the new building is supported by the virtual model and the virtualization of the previous production as well as a value stream analysis. The virtual reality system used in this project is PolyVR.

Michael Grethler, Head of the Digital Twin Unit (IMI) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, comments: "Our task is to use holistic modeling to optimally design production facilities by implementing them across departments, making economic efficiency feasible, while simulating employee paths and logistics processes. This is where so-called lean production comes into play, which is primarily intended to contribute to the success of the company by eliminating waste and accelerating business processes. The balance between academic and technical expertise will be crucial for the success of DigiFab4KMU".

Wibu-Systems is adding its expertise and capabilities to the DigiFab4KMU initiative with an innovative approach for its sub-project, Industry 4.0 concepts in hardware production. The vision of Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, is clear: “We plan to create a comprehensive ecosystem where the physical premises represent one link in an integral and totally coordinated chain of data and information. This includes the design of novel processes for the IVS-driven planning and construction of our new headquarters, using the integrated system to create a fully Industry-4.0-ready infrastructure and digitally optimized process flows for the manufacturing of our company’s hardware products.”

Wibu-Systems will also contribute to the development of a new service model that brings the capabilities of the IVS to other SMEs who are in the process of taking their production infrastructure into the digital age, with the added power of Wibu-Systems’ unique protection and security solutions.

 

About archis Architekten + Ingenieure

archis Architekten + Ingenieure GmbH is one of the largest architectural firms in the German region of Baden-Wuerttemberg. With approx. 100 employees, the office serves institutions, investors, and private clients nationwide. In order to offer a professional service in all areas of a project, archis Architekten + Ingenieure covers all service phases from project development, design and implementation planning to construction and quality monitoring, cost and schedule planning.

About ARNOLD IT Systems

ARNOLD IT Systems, founded in 1997 in Freiburg, Germany, is an important and experienced solution partner for manufacturing and architecture. The system house for CAD/CAM, PDM/PLM, Industrie 4.0, and cloud solutions works with both large corporations and SMEs in 20 countries. ARNOLD IT Systems covers the entire range of services such as integration, professional training, individual coaching, and system support.

About IMI KIT

The Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) is embedded in the research environment of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. The guiding principle of our research and development work is the integration of product lifecycle management (PLM) and CAx in process and system view, supplemented by virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for high-end visualization as a modern working environment. This enables an interactive, immersive work with virtual prototypes during generation, validation and optimization of development results and thus contributes significantly to the effective and efficient cooperation of interdisciplinary teams. This is especially true for distributed product development in cross-company and intercultural corporate partnerships.

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news-4304 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:40:00 +0100 Embedded World 2020 – Exploring the brand new CodeMeter Embedded from Wibu-Systems https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/embedded-world-2020-new-codemeter-embedded.html Enhanced flexibility for monetizing embedded software assets Enhanced flexibility for monetizing embedded software assets

Wibu-Systems, the German trailblazer enabling the business of software-powered enterprises across the world, is launching the latest release of CodeMeter, its flagship technology, for embedded systems at Embedded World. Visitors to its exhibit in hall 4, booth 320, will have the opportunity to learn about the latest features and see the newest hardware secure elements that the company is introducing to support a wide variety of operating environments and requirements.

CodeMeter Embedded is a static library that provides the licensing and cryptographic capabilities of CodeMeter via a dedicated API for embedded operating systems like Android, Linux Embedded, QNX, VxWorks, and Windows. Depending on the architecture of the target system, be it x86, ARM, MIPS or PowerPC, users will receive a dedicated library with an extremely compact footprint ranging from 400 to 600 KB, which will allow them to protect their embedded software with the sturdiest encryption mechanisms and monetize their know-how with license-based business models.

Even though the Internet of Things is all about connectivity, the number of offline devices is still considerable. Beginning with release 2.40, which just saw the light, CodeMeter Embedded offers two alternative options for transferring licenses offline. In addition to the established use of Update Files, CodeMeter Embedded now comes with License Transfer, a feature that makes it possible to move licenses offline from a CmDongle (a hardware secure element in the form of a USB dongle, a secure memory card, or an ASIC) to an embedded device. The distinction between both options lies in the exact timing of the license’s binding to the embedded device.

When using the Update File mode, the embedded device is selected as soon as the license is placed into the update file in CodeMeter License Central, the database-driven license and entitlement management solution that automates the process of creating, delivering, and managing software licenses. Embedded devices already recorded during production can be selected directly by their serial numbers. The update file is then transferred to a memory stick, which is connected to the embedded device for its software to import the license.

When using License Transfer, a freely selectable number of licenses can be placed on a CmDongle. No embedded device is pre-selected for these licenses. Service technicians can then connect their laptops (with CmDongles and CodeMeter Runtime installed) to embedded devices in the field, where the embedded software can import the license from the dongle. The licenses are only bound to the embedded device at this point, and the embedded device will not be known to CodeMeter License Central.

The use of an update file supports the full flexibility of CodeMeter: Licenses can be assigned, changed, and returned. CodeMeter License Central keeps a detailed log of the licenses and includes automated actions like recovering all licenses on an embedded device. The new License Transfer feature facilitates the delivery of new licenses, making it an ideal choice for any instances when the target device has not yet been chosen and CodeMeter License Central is originally used.

On top of extending the capabilities of CodeMeter Embedded, Wibu-Systems has also expanded its range of CmDongles. Currently, users can choose from 18 different form factors that are sure to meet all possible demands in the market. Selection criteria include not just different sizes of devices (compact or standard) and casing materials (plastic or metal) with all of the different customization alternatives that they entail, but also a collection of connecting interface types (USB, SD, microSD, CFast, SPI), USB connector mounting types (SiP or standard), USB protocols implemented (2.0 or 3.1), nand flash memory classes (MLC or pSLC), different temperature ranges in the operating environment, as well as the choice to make the units removable or permanently fixed.

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news-4293 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:10:46 +0100 Embedded World 2020 – Wibu-Systems at the crossroads of the industrial transformation https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/embedded-world-wibu-systems-promotes-industrial-transformation.html The Coronavirus outbreak does not affect Wibu-Systems’ plans and activities The Coronavirus outbreak does not affect Wibu-Systems’ plans and activities

Wibu-Systems, the German pioneer reshaping business models in the industrial realm with its CodeMeter technology, is back at Embedded World, the most iconic European event for the embedded community. While the company’s main exhibit can be found in hall 4, booth 320, its solutions are featured across the fairgrounds at a large number of solution partners, industry associations, and developer conclaves as live proof of the unparalleled adaptability and wide array of use cases of the technology.

Even though the Coronavirus (COVID-19) made it impossible for some exhibitors to participate in the event, Wibu-Systems won’t miss the opportunity to galvanize the live audience. The disease outbreak did not disrupt the vendor’s supply chain either: with electronics manufacturers based in Taiwan, China (outside of the Hubei region), and Germany, and with large inhouse stocks of its hardware secure elements always available, the company is able to meet incoming demands for CodeMeter and its legacy WibuKey products.

At the show with a large team of product specialists on hand to accompany the customers throughout their complete lifecycle journey, Wibu-Systems will present the many interoperable modules of its flagship technology and the countless integrations in the field that are infusing greenfield and brownfield applications with digital asset protection, versatile license management, and cutting-edge endpoint security.

Attendees at Embedded World can start their discovery journey at Wibu-Systems’ exhibit (4-320), where the entire gamut of hardware, software, and cloud solutions for propelling software-based businesses after safeguarding the associated digital know-how is on display. Visitors to the booth can thus understand how they can transform their own go-to-market strategies by leveraging their software resources, cut their investment in hardware and its logistics, and ultimately reduce their climate footprint.

The next stop is Infineon Technologies (3A-225), where visitors can then assess the robustness of the smart card chip that forms the beating heart of every Wibu-Systems’ dongle, whether it comes in a USB dongle, secure memory card, or ASIC form factor. It is in this chip itself that the encrypted secrets (digital keys and licenses) are safely stored.

The collaboration with Infineon continues at the Trusted Computing Group’s exhibit (1-500), where Wibu-Systems will hold daily demonstrations of its CodeMeter integration with Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology. Here is also where, on 25 February at 1 pm, the two companies will be joined by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) for an interactive panel discussion on the potential security vulnerabilities brought about the Industrial Internet of Things. Right after, the group that will also include Cyber Pack Ventures and Cypress, will move to the Weka conference room, NCC East, ground floor from 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm to host a number of sessions on the security repercussions of Industrie 4.0. In particular, Guenther Fischer, Wibu-Systems’ Senior Consultant, Licensing and Protection, will delve into the protection technologies aimed at defending embedded software from piracy, reverse engineering, and tampering.

At the SD Association’s exhibit (3A-634), Wibu-Systems will present its hardware secure elements based on the SDA specifications, namely CmCard/SD and CmCard/microSD, in in-booth seminars taking place every day from 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm. Our speaker will elaborate on the benefits of combining CodeMeter hardware units with nand flash memory and the proficient use that OEMs can make of the read-only, password protected, and hidden partitions to save configuration and production data securely.

Also, extremely relevant for the embedded community are the joint initiatives with OSADL and Wind River. At the Open Source Automation Development Lab’s exhibit (4-168), Wibu-Systems will focus the attendees’ attention on software monetization and superior code quality. Back at Wibu-Systems’ exhibit on 26 February at 3.00 pm, Wibu-Systems will demonstrate the turnkey integration between CodeMeter and VxWorks, which provides integrity protection, authenticity, IP and copy protection, certificate management, license and entitlement management as well as hardware, software, and cloud-based key storage.

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news-4201 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:51:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems’ Technology Protects and Licenses MVTec’ Machine Vision Applications https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-protects-mvtec-machine-vision-apps.html CodeMeter serves new audiences with innovative monetization opportunities and educational licenses CodeMeter serves new audiences with innovative monetization opportunities and educational licenses

Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, has assisted MVTec, a vanguard developer of software for machine vision solutions used in a variety of industrial applications, extending the reach of its CodeMeter software protection and licensing platform into MVTec’s product portfolio. The flexible CodeMeter licensing system also enables MVTec to facilitate licensing in the educational market, making the process for creating and distributing time-limited student licenses easier to control and manage via self-service web portals.

Image processing and machine vision technologies have become a crucial element in the automated environments of Industry 4.0. MVTec’s HALCON and MERLIC software products enable users to build sophisticated machine vision solutions across multiple applications, ranging from PCB, semiconductor, and process testing to robot positioning and alignment, surface monitoring, quality assurance, print quality checks, ID screening, and much more. Because of the diverse nature of these applications, any licensing solution used by MVTec requires support for a comprehensive range of architectures, operating systems, and industrial environments. In addition to versatility and agility, MVTec needed a technology that would protect their invaluable intellectual property.

MVTec first integrated CodeMeter into MERLIC, an all-in-one software product that provides powerful tools to design and build complete machine vision applications without manual programming. With CodeMeter, MVTec employed customized and branded hardware secure elements (CmDongles) and software-based licenses (CmActLicenses) to protect the know-how associated with their digital assets. The licenses for MERLIC are created, delivered, and managed via CodeMeter License Central. The end users then activate them via a web portal, WebDepot, and store them either in the physical CmDongle or the secure CmActLicense file bound to the fingerprint of their machine. Most recently, MVTec also chose to adopt the CodeMeter technology for HALCON, their standard software product for machine vision applications, combining software licenses with a dongle as a proof of identity.

With both products utilizing CodeMeter, MVTec now has a comprehensive licensing and IP protection solution that covers the entire HALCON and MERLIC product range with the flexibility and uniformity required to protect the software and to distribute and manage licenses across all their markets.

Christoph Zierl, Technical Director of MVTec, commented: “CodeMeter enabled us to respond to the many and complex needs of our users. MERLIC and HALCON are used in various shapes and forms, and so far, CodeMeter has mastered all requirements and challenges we have thrown at it. Choosing CodeMeter means choosing a mature ecosystem for protecting our company’s intellectual property. With Wibu-Systems, we found a partner who meets us on eye-level and offers us everything in one single technology, from our dongles to license management in the cloud.”

CodeMeter licensing dynamic approach also allowed MVTec to expedite user-friendly access to educational licenses. Batches of these licenses can be acquired by educational institutions and managed by designated administrators through the use of Wibu-Systems’ three educational portals: One for MVTec to manage the participating educational institutions and educators; one for the designated administrators to coordinate their student licenses; and a third portal for students to activate their licenses – putting cutting-edge technology in the hands of their future users without compromising security. This streamlined process keeps MVTec in full control, while making the creation and distribution of time-limited student licenses far easier.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales of Wibu-Systems, added: “It is gratifying to see how our technologies have evolved over the years and been reimagined to meet the challenges in the industrial sector. This goes particularly for MVTec, who is leading the way with advances in the most modern machine vision applications. With CodeMeter, they know their IP is safe, and they have the licensing versatility that will enable them to tap into new markets.”

 

About MVTec Software

MVTec is a leading manufacturer of standard software for machine vision. MVTec products are used in all demanding areas of imaging: Semi-conductor industry, web inspection, quality control and inspection applications in general, medicine, 3D vision, and surveillance.

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news-4172 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:48:05 +0100 Embedded Computing Design Awards Wibu-Systems Best in Show at SPS, Nuremberg https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/embedded-computing-design-awards-wibu-systems-at-sps.html CodeMeter Certificate Vault captivates the industry’s attention in its first year CodeMeter Certificate Vault captivates the industry’s attention in its first year

Karlsruhe, Germany – Embedded Computing Design announced Wibu-Systems, the global powerhouse in the IT security arena, a recipient of the coveted Best in Show Award at the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) conference in Nuremberg, Germany. The choice reflects the industry’s great reception of CodeMeter Certificate Vault, the company’s solution launched earlier this year to combine the DRM and the strong authentication worlds.

Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter Certificate Vault is a hardware-based key storage provider for PKCS#11, Microsoft CNG, and OpenSSL certificates. It has been designed to allow the secure storage and use of the keys for TLS certificates or OPC UA instances. The technology takes away the complexity of requesting, updating, and importing certificates by applying the same creation, management, and rollout workflows that are already typical in license and entitlement management.

Certificates are critical elements of security as they allow machines and human operators to be identified with absolute certainty – a must in the connected age. However, certificate management and secure key storage have traditionally been complex and difficult to administer. CodeMeter Certificate Vault changes that paradigm: It relies on the same hardware medium and underlying CodeMeter technology that has been protecting the technical know-how of software publishers and IIoT pioneers since 2003. CodeMeter Certificate Vault stores the certificates in a tamperproof smart card chip embedded in a hardware secure element (dongle), the same container that holds the cryptographic keys associated with secure software licenses. The process greatly simplifies key management and distribution, while integrating seamlessly with the license management workflows. For added convenience, secure dongles are available in a variety of form factors, from USB sticks or secure memory cards to ASICs, including industry-ready variants.

Marco Blume, Product Manager of CodeMeter Certificate Vault, said: “We are always grateful to receive recognition for our security technology advancements by industry organizations like Embedded Computing Design, and even more so when we prove their disruptive potential in the IIoT business. Security is our only focus. The use of certificates to protect digital assets and identities is a critical authentication mechanism that M2M vendors ignore at their peril. Making the process easier to manage is our way to ensure the security of a digital world.”

Wibu-Systems was one of four companies to be awarded Best in Show, along with Laird Connectivity, Moxa, and Syslogic.

 

About OpenSystems Media

OpenSystems Media (OSM) has been a leading publisher of electronics magazines, e-mail newsletters, websites, and product resource guides for more than 35 years. That includes the world’s most respected engineering site aimed at embedded developers, Embedded Computing Design. OSM is also the leader in driving leads and awareness through social media and is the largest producer of lead-generation tools such as webcasts, whitepapers, product directories, live and virtual events.

 

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news-4129 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:14:00 +0100 ArtiMinds boosts its robot programming solutions to leverage the promise of the IIoT https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/artiminds-protects-its-robot-programming-suite-with-codemeter.html The company protects its IP and monetizes its Robot Programming Suite with the comprehensive CodeMeter licensing and security platform The company protects its IP and monetizes its Robot Programming Suite with the comprehensive CodeMeter licensing and security platform

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems, a security technology leader in the global software licensing market, has supported the integration of its comprehensive CodeMeter licensing and security solution into ArtiMinds industrial robot programming software suite. CodeMeter allows ArtiMinds Robotics, a German pioneer in sensor-based automation solutions, to protect their intellectual property while enabling them to monetize their software solutions with easy and flexible entitlement management based on different factors, such as user seats or robot-bound licenses.

ArtiMinds Robot Programming Suite (RPS) combines online and offline programming with a unique approach to create complex robot programs without manually writing a single line of source code. ArtiMinds RPS relies on a template-based programming concept which enables users to choose from more than 60 integrated templates and build the program structure simply via drag & drop. The key element in their proprietary technology lies in the translation of a template sequence into complex robot specific source code.

In order to protect their Intellectual Property, ArtiMinds has implemented CodeMeter, featuring a combination of hardware (CmDongles) and software (AxProtector) tools designed to protect digital assets against piracy, reverse engineering, and tampering. AxProtector fully and automatically encrypts executables and libraries for native languages as well as .NET and Java environments. Through a post-build process, it injects best-of-breed anti-debugging and anti-disassembly methods into the compiled code. Its engine remains constantly on guard for security threats, immediately interrupting software execution when hazards are detected.

Furthermore, the integrated tools inherent with Wibu-Systems CmDongles enable easy and comprehensive license and entitlement management. ArtiMinds uses the built-in unit-counters and maintenance period options, for example, to restrict automated software updates to a valid time-bound update license. The hidden data feature of CmDongles, safe from manipulation or mishandling by the customer or third parties, is an invaluable resource to register robot IDs for robot-bound licenses.

Dr. Sven Schmidt-Rohr, CEO of ArtiMinds Robotics commented: “CodeMeter provides a comprehensive security platform for our industrial robot software suite. It delivers not just protection for our own IP as a vendor and license enforcement capabilities, but a cryptographic framework that allows our customers to protect the automation process IP they build on top of our software suite. This empowers our users to secure their production know-how against threats of all kinds, while still being able to apply this same know-how flexibly in their production. With its many deployment options, CodeMeter supports our software on shop floors with and without connectivity. Its 360° set of security functionalities has convinced us to include CodeMeter as the only commercial 3rd party element in our software suite.”

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account and Partner Manager of Wibu-Systems, added: “It’s always a pleasure to work closely with our customers and tailor our technologies to address their specific needs. With the licensing and security features we have built into our CodeMeter solution, ArtiMinds is in a perfect position to roll out and monetize their unique robot programming competencies, helping manufacturers and robot operators around the globe to leverage the promise of the next industrial age.”

 

About ArtiMinds

ArtiMinds Robotics specializes in the development and sales of software to standardize the workflow for automating with robots. As a pioneer in flexible, sensor-based automation solutions, ArtiMinds strives for the easy acquisition, adoption and refinement of process know-how – boosting agility and sovereignty of its customers. With more than 70 employees in Karlsruhe, Germany, the completely independent technology company serves its clients around the world.

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news-4143 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 14:38:00 +0100 Updatable security for long-life Industry 4.0 and ICT systems https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/updatable-security-for-long-life-industry-4-0-and-ict-systems.html Keeping security hardware at the state of the art over the long term Keeping security hardware at the state of the art over the long term

Karlsruhe, Germany – Connected machines and ICT systems require security mechanisms that are more robust than ever before and remain so for the long life common with industrial hardware. Withstanding attacks over the long-term means keeping the protections at the state-of-the-art through updates. Researching and assessing such updatable security mechanisms was the objective of the joint ALESSIO project. The project partners are presenting the results today at the VDMA Forum at SPS, the leading trade fair for the automation industry.

Under the leadership of Infineon Technologies AG, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC), Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH, Siemens AG, the Technical University of Munich, and WIBU-SYSTEMS AG have been developing chip-based solutions and prototypes for connected computer applications and embedded systems since 2016. ALESSIO is supported by around €3.9 million in funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is scheduled to end on 31 December 2019.

Secure information and communication structures for connected manufacturing

Every new connected device is a potential gateway for cyber-attacks. Sensitive company data and information could be captured and abused for further attacks. This is why reliable protection for security-critical information in devices relies on a combination of software and hardware. While software can still be modified at a later point, hardware or a security chip, once integrated, is protected from being remotely manipulated. Security chips could be imagined as a highly protected safe zone in which data and security-related information are stored, safely away from the software. Nevertheless, there must also be ways to update this secure zone itself, since attack vectors and methods may change over time.

The partners on the ALESSIO project were able to show that updatable security solutions can be achieved with two different technical approaches, using either chip-based secure elements with updatable software or an updatable secure element implemented in programmable logic devices known as FPGAs (field-programmable gate array), in which hardware components can be securely updated during runtime. Both options enable ICT networks and data to stay secure and security-related data to be managed efficiently over the long term.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, is proud of the progress made by Wibu-Systems and its partners: “Ever since we started using smart card security controllers in our products, we have been committed to offering firmware updates for patching vulnerabilities or adding functions and features. ALESSIO has come up with an innovative process for these updates that uses secure cryptographic schemes with new algorithms. This represents a real gain in security for a longer working life of our hardware.”

 

About Fraunhofer AISEC

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC is one of the internationally leading institutions for applied research in the field of cyber security. More than 100 highly qualified employees work on tailor-made security concepts and solutions for companies and the public sector to improve the competitiveness of customers and partners. These include solutions for increased data security and protection against cybercrime such as industrial espionage and sabotage attacks. The spectrum includes embedded and hardware security, automotive and mobile security as well as security solutions for industry and automation. In addition, in its state-of-the-art test laboratories Fraunhofer AISEC offers the opportunity to evaluate the security of connected and embedded systems, hardware and software products as well as web-based services and cloud services.

About Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH

Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH is a mobile security technology company headquartered in Munich, Germany. The company is part of the subgroup Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security of the worldwide Giesecke+Devrient group. Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security has a workforce of 5,300 employees and generated sales of EUR 868 m in the 2018 fiscal year. More than 40 sales and partner offices as well as 20+ certified production and personalization sites and data centers ensure customer proximity worldwide.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2019 fiscal year (ending 30 September), the Company reported sales of €8.0 billion with around 41,400 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).

About SIEMENS AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation.

About TU München

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with around 550 professors, 42,000 students, and 10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006, 2012, and 2019 it won recognition as a German "Excellence University." In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

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news-4119 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:38:00 +0100 Seizing the potential of new business models in additive manufacturing through secure workflows (Digital Rights Management) https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/new-biz-models-in-additive-manufacturing.html Wibu-Systems and EOS secure the last communication mile to 3D printers Wibu-Systems and EOS secure the last communication mile to 3D printers

Karlsruhe, Germany – Additive manufacturing (AM) has firmly established itself as one of the marquee technologies of modern connected industry, and EOS, the leading technology and solutions supplier for the industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, has decided to extend its collaboration with Wibu-Systems, a world-leading powerhouse in digital asset protection and monetization. Wibu-Systems and EOS teamed up for the development of a software interface to ensure the security of the last communication mile to the 3D printing system and the data preparation workstation and to provide effective means to safeguard the intellectual property of the owners of the parts. This API (Application Programing Interface) will enable Wibu-Systems and other Digital Right Management (DRM) vendors to connect their DRM solutions with EOS systems in a secure way.

EOS has long been a convinced and loyal user of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology for protecting and licensing its proprietary software, an invaluable asset for its R&D intensive business. Its technology works at the frontline of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), making the vision of efficient and high-quality production on demand a reality, from rapid prototyping to production runs of complex technical parts and components.

However, secure devices and operating systems are not the only requirement for companies operating in the IIoT. The commercial users of EOS’ market-leading 3D printing systems want the same level of security extended to their own assets: Customers share their design, geometry, and especially process parameters for the AM build job, including their unique additive manufacturing know-how, with the manufacturing sites in charge of the actual production – often over wide distances and with only remote monitoring. They want to be sure that their components can neither be intercepted en route nor used for unauthorized production by manufacturing-as-a-service providers.

By cooperating with the encryption and licensing specialists at Wibu-Systems, EOS has found a perfect means to offer its users that level of certainty and control over their digital assets. The challenge was to create a comprehensive system that covers every link in the chain, from the digital design to the finished product. EOS has developed and released an API to automate and integrate the complete data preparation into the existing software landscape of customers and connect to the DRM system by Wibu-Systems. Files can be encrypted for secure transfer down to the individual 3D printer, and a secure counter is available to keep track of how often a file is used. With the new API supported by Wibu-Systems’ cutting-edge protection technology, EOS users can now protect the proverbial last mile in communication with the 3D printing system and monetize their designs with pay-per-print licenses. The system not only closes the last gaps in the chain; it becomes a true business enabler with new revenue streams for its users.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, sees the partnership as a test case for IP protection in smart manufacturing: “Additive manufacturing is one of the keystone applications showing off the capabilities of the Industrial IoT: Flexible, responsive, and the global merging with the local. Data is its lifeblood, and EOS has made the right choice in using our technology to enable comprehensive protection for its digital assets.” Ruediger Herfrid, Product Manager at EOS adds: “The secure flow of data from CAD to print is the prerequisite for implementing new on-demand business models of our customers in additive manufacturing. With Wibu-Systems, we have found the right partner with whom we can reliably secure the last mile to our machines. This Digital Rights Management interface will be available to the entire EOS ecosystem and establish a wide range of DRM partners”.

 

About EOS

EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering, and consultancy.

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news-4101 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:04:01 +0100 Compamed: Experiencing the opportunities of digitalization in medical technology at the Compamed High-Tech Forum by IVAM https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/compamed-digitalization-in-medical-technology.html

Karlsruhe, Germany – Medical devices are jam-packed with invaluable know-how, especially in the software installed on board. Wibu-Systems shows their developers how they can shield their software from product piracy, reverse engineering, counterfeiting, and tampering and level up their market strategies with innovative licensing. They can meet Oliver Winzenried, CEO of Wibu-Systems, and Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account Manager, in the VIP lounge or join the special session on “Digitalization of Medical Devices” between 2 and 4 pm on 19 November as part of the “Compamed High-Tech-Forum by IVAM” (Hall 8a, booth G40).

The two-hour session will include a keynote presentation from the Medical Technology working group of the German engineering association VDMA and an overview of the current landscape by their Industrial Security working group. It will also bring to the stage high-profile speakers from Infineon Technology, the University of Offenburg, Wibu-Systems, and Siemens Healthineers to discuss security best practices for medical devices. Oliver Winzenried will explore how cybersecurity can be combined with novel business models for medical devices. The detailed agenda can be found on the Compamed website’s “Forum’s & More” section.

Oliver Winzenried adds: “We are looking forward to meeting the makers of medical devices to examine their needs and find working concepts for digitalizing their products. Our sales team is available to arrange personal meetings; alternatively, device manufacturers can come to the joint panel and explore the many sides of IT security for medical technology. We have organized a rich and fully rounded program at the event, because holistic IT security is in the vital interest of patients from the very first development of a product. Developers need to protect their intellectual property, and they deserve the best possible conditions for launching their products successfully. Tougher regulations and increasing connectivity in medical devices make protection concepts for the entire value chain an absolute prerequisite.”

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news-4094 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:28:00 +0100 WIBU-SYSTEMS AG - Next Step to Future https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-ag-next-step-to-future.html

WIBU-SYSTEMS AG - Next Step to Future (German only)
Source: archis (7 November 2019)

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news-4090 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:50:00 +0100 SPS 2019: Adding IP Protection for native applications to CodeMeter Protection Suite https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/sps-ip-protection-for-native-applications.html

Karlsruhe, Germany – Wibu-Systems rolls out its new IP Protection feature of CodeMeter Protection Suite at this year’s SPS expo in Nuremberg (hall 7, booth 660). When software developers choose to use the new IP Protection mode, their software is encrypted without affecting the user’s ability to run it on their computers. The developers’ know-how is securely protected, and the inner workings of their software stay secret. This empowers software vendors to distribute demo versions of their products or introduce new freemium models, where the basic version of an application is free to use, but additional features or new resources can be purchased at the point of need.

The IP Protection mode is supported by Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android. It will initially be available for use with native code to enable developers to protect executable files, DLLs and Shared Objects against reverse engineering. Compared to the other CodeMeter tools, this mode needs neither the runtime components of CodeMeter nor a container with encryption keys on the side of the user. The keys that are required are randomly generated in CodeMeter Protection Suite and stored in securely encrypted form in the protected software itself.

Ruediger Kuegler, Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, explains: “Our intention behind the IP Protection mode was to give developers a more comfortable option for protecting trial or demo versions or the free basic features of freemium software. We can also see it working in tandem with other licensing or software-based protection systems that developers are already using: the IP Protection mode slots in perfectly in an established setup like this. The new protection feature is ready for interested developers to try out and see its capabilities in action.”

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news-4086 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 08:57:18 +0100 Wibu-Systems wins the GLOBAL Foreign Trade Award 2019 https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-wins-the-global-foreign-trade-award-2019.html

Karlsruhe, Germany – The prestigious GLOBAL Foreign Trade Award 2019 has gone to Wibu-Systems alongside the other winners Blanco Group and Wickert Maschinenbau. Every two years, the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe and the foreign trade committee of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce picks internationally successful companies from the region for the GLOBAL award. This year’s award, presented at a gala event on 16 October, draws attention to particularly effective international business models, with the award jury considering such factors as the candidates’ roots in the Karlsruhe region, structures, innovation and performance track record, intercultural affinity, and ability to adapt to the markets in other countries.

Wibu-Systems supplies its international markets with protection, licensing, and security solutions that empower software developers and intelligent device makers to secure their software and their invaluable know-how in the fight against theft, product piracy, reverse engineering, and illicit tampering. As a pioneer in a niche business, the international market has always been of immense importance for the company, which showcased its capabilities to the world already four years after its foundation at the Comdex exhibition in the United States. Since then, the protection specialist has created a network of distributors across many countries and established a local presence with subsidiaries in the United States, China, and Japan and sales offices in Europe. Direct exports account for approx. 55% of Wibu-Systems’ sales, although this share rises to almost 80% when sales through distributors and subsidiaries and the similarly strong exports of German clients are included.

Wibu-Systems’ CEO and founder Oliver Winzenried was proud to receive the award: “Accepting the GLOBAL 2019 on behalf of Wibu-Systems is a personal honor for me. Free trade benefits us all: It creates better and cheaper products, more choice, more jobs, more security, and greater peace through co-operation. We care about open international standards, as do our clients who integrate our solutions in the products they sell around the world. The sheer diversity of challenges and talents we encounter worldwide makes us more competitive, and diversifying our markets makes us less exposed to the vagaries of single markets.”

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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/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/foundations-laid-for-wibu-systems-new-head-office.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.”

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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/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/desoutter-streamlines-the-digital-transformation-with-codemeter.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.

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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/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-licensing-facilitates-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.

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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/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-wins-best-healthcare-internet-of-things-security-award.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.

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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/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-champions-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.”

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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/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-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.

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