Wibu-Systems Press Releases https://www.wibu.com us Copyright Wibu-Systems Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:37:45 +0100 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:37:45 +0100 TYPO3 news-2760 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:48:52 +0100 Wibu-Systems Reinvents its Embedded Software Portfolio for Embedded World https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-reinvents-its-embedded-software-portfolio-for-embedded-world.html A totally new approach for CodeMeter Embedded A totally new approach for CodeMeter Embedded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

CodeMeter highlights:

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

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

For example:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

news-2724 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:19:48 +0100 SPS IPC Drives: Wibu-Systems’ CmStick/BMC is nominated for the Automation Awards https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/sps-ipc-drives-wibu-systems-cmstickbmc-is-nominated-for-the-automation-awards.html The world’s smallest dongle with flash memory makes its debut in Nuremberg The world’s smallest dongle with flash memory makes its debut in Nuremberg

CmStick/BMC, the latest generation of Wibu-Systems’ hardware elements for the secure licensing of digital know-how, is one of the five nominees for the 2017 Automation Awards, the most prestigious prize to be won in the automation industry. Visitors of SPS IPC Drives, Nuremberg, Germany, can learn more about the shortlisted products and vote for the winner of their choice.

Unlike the safe world of the office, industrial environments are no stranger to extreme conditions and rough handling. With CmStick/BMC, Wibu-Systems steps up to meet the needs of intelligent device manufacturers even more and introduces new innovative components in the architectural design for an extremely compact and elegant layout.

The SiP (System in Package) technology that was adopted for this most recent dongle is an absolute novelty that provides a new level of robustness. With recent advances in miniaturization, the USB connector no longer projects from the body of the unit, but has become an integral part of the case itself. This new engineering approach shrinks down the overall size of the dongle to become the smallest model with flash memory available in the world market, and makes it resistant to pressure, vibrations, and humidity.

Like all other secure hardware elements in the CodeMeter product lineup, the CmStick/BMC embeds the most sophisticated smart card chip from Infineon, the SLM97, a security controller optimized for industrial M2M applications that offers exceptional endurance over an extended temperature range to suit ruggedized industrial environments and usage conditions.

This new breed of dongles is available with 16 GB 2-bit MLC (multi-level cell) flash memory. For faster data transfer, the unit is equipped with a USB 3.1 interface; for more reliable data retention, the dongle relies on Hyperstone’s U9 flash controller and their patented hymap© firmware; for even greater data security, an encrypted partition - Secure Disk - is enumerated and handled with CodeMeter API, while it remains invisible to regular users.

The product will be on display at Wibu-Systems’ exhibit, hall 7, booth 660, as well as in hall 3, booth 260, where Konradin, the renowned German publishing house that is holding the reins at the Automation Award, will showcase all nominees in the two categories, Control Technology & System Solutions and Standard Components & Sensor Technology. A jury made up of scientists, representatives from the VDMA (the German Engineering Federation), and ZVEI (one of Germany’s major manufacturers’ association), and the editors of the elektro AUTOMATION magazine, have led the selection process this far. Visitors of SPS IPC Drives can now learn more from the vendors and cast their vote at the trade show itself.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, is thrilled by the plaudits the new technology has already won: “Pre-series production of CmStick/BMC has just started, and we already have customers on our waiting list for the additional batches that are being readied. When you pioneer a field, the design and manufacturing processes are quite challenging; it’s the result you envision that drives all the necessary efforts. With this new security device, we invite system integrators, machine builders, and plant operators to take control over their digital assets using existing and cutting-edge technologies that monetize their business by leveraging effective cybersecurity measures”.

news-2709 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:20:12 +0100 Wibu-Systems introduces secure password management for Siemens’ TIA Portal https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-introduces-secure-password-management-for-siemens-tia-portal.html Digital identities for digital enterprises Digital identities for digital enterprises

Wibu-Systems has developed a password provider for the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal V14 SP1 or higher of Siemens based on their Password API. Visitors of Wibu-Systems’ exhibit at SPS IPC Drives, hall 7, booth 660, will have an opportunity to learn how to store and manage their TIA Portal passwords in a remarkably sophisticated secure hardware element.

The engineering data that are stored in the TIA Portal are often very sensitive in nature. While online teamwork is highly effective, logical access controls are paramount to make sure that only entitled users can view and edit only those projects they have full rights to.

With Siemens’ Password API, Wibu-Systems created a password provider that streamlines know-how and write protection and, in turn, increases the access control and engineering data protection measures. Rather than being susceptible to disclosure, passwords can now be safely stored in Wibu-Systems’ CmDongles, hardware secure repositories that come in several form factors, including USB sticks (with optional flash memory), memory cards (SD, microSD, CF, and CFast type), and ASICs. Access controls by timer or unit counter govern the ability to access or edit the engineering data.

CmDongles are operated with CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems’ flagship technology that incorporates state-of-the-art proprietary encryption methods based on public symmetric and asymmetric standards, like AES 256-bit, RSA 2048-bit, and ECC. Its specific password management tool is flexible enough to allow the creation and administration of passwords in accordance with the customers’ requirements and secure enough to safeguard the digital identity of the TIA Portal’s users. Passwords are transferred online or offline, conferring additional versatility to the solution.

Wibu-Systems is not new to extending its core technology beyond the boundaries of traditional corporate software to meet the needs of the connected industrial age. B&R has implemented CodeMeter in their Automation Studio development tools as well as in the runtime of their automation PCs; each automation PC is delivered with a CmStick that protects their IP and allows their customers to safeguard their own licenses. 3S-Smart Software Solutions chose CodeMeter for their CODESYS Development Tools and CODESYS Runtime to protect the source code in projects and on the target system. Together with Rockwell Automation, Wibu-Systems developed License-based Protection, a security suite that consists of three components: Source Protection for the protection of sensitive code, Execution Protection for the protection of runtime in controllers, and a web portal for license and entitlement management.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, shares his pioneering vision: “We are obsessed with security and therefore glad to be able to offer a small, but significant building block to the TIA Portal. With our CodeMeter password management technology, manufacturers can easily manage and protect their invaluable digital know-how. The cloud-based deployment of passwords facilitated by CodeMeter License Central simplifies their distribution and assignment.”

news-2676 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:52:43 +0100 Wibu-Systems joins OSADL, the Open Source Automation Development Lab https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-joins-osadl-the-open-source-automation-development-lab.html Strengthening Open Innovation and Open Source Projects with Software Protection Strengthening Open Innovation and Open Source Projects with Software Protection

Wibu-Systems, a pioneer and international champion in secure license and entitlement management for industrial systems, has joined OSADL, the Open Source Automation Development Lab, a cooperative dedicated to providing everything needed to use open source software in industrial products.

OSADL coordinates the development and funding of open source projects on behalf of its members, who enjoy many benefits, including quality assurance, software development, technology support, legal compliance, marketing, training, and above all support in licensing in the form of legal support through the OSADL general counsel, auditing, and certification. The success of OSADL can be attributed to its core concept: the proprietary information of its members stays confidential, and only the bits that everyone needs and that do not play a role in the competition among them are developed and provided in open collaboration.

Wibu-Systems envisages multiple fronts of cooperation with OSADL:

  • With almost three decades in the service of state-of-the-art software protection, licensing, and security techniques, the company can share its wealth of knowledge with the developing network of OSADL. Best practices in the use of CodeMeter, its flagship technology, against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering, and for versatile license lifecycle management will help monetize the know-how of the entire OSADL community.
  • Wibu-Systems also counts on the expertise of the OSADL ecosystem to raise the quality of its own code. A dedicated test center, the OSADL QA farm, continuously monitors a large variety of variables of far more than hundred systems to obtain maximum runtime stability. The QA tests include early recognition of an erroneous behavior of the Linux kernel, memory leaks, driver misbehavior, and unsatisfying worst-case latencies on a wide bandwidth of products of various manufacturers with different architectures (x86, ARM, PowerPC, MIPS), bit widths (32, 64 bit), and processor topologies (from single up to 32-core).

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, believes this step will complement the quality assurance efforts already covered by other programs the company has signed up for, like Microsoft, where it has achieved a Gold competency in Windows and devices, or QNX, Wind River, Apple, Adobe, Autodesk, and Oracle. He believes: “Whether retrofitting established embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers for the digital transformation or creating new IoT devices, open source can be a viable alternative for sharing the burden of cost and labor. The underlying principles of cybersecurity and monetization, quality and compliance, standardization and interoperability apply to both proprietary and open source software.”

Carsten Emde, General Manager of OSADL, says: "Here at OSADL, we are very glad that Wibu-Systems decided to join our community and help our members cope with one of the key challenges of the next generation of cyber-physical systems: Security. Although the licenses of Open Source software and proprietary software are certainly different, both types of software need protection against unwanted intrusion, abuse, and manipulation. This is where Wibu-Systems can come into play: The products of Wibu-Systems work equally well in proprietary and Open Source software, and they will help manufacturers safeguard the intellectual property and integrity of their applications."

news-2663 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:06:31 +0200 Wibu-Systems Launches CodeMeter Cloud Licensing Platform https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-launches-codemeter-cloud-licensing-platform.html Technology to be Showcased at SPS IPC Drives November 28-30, 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany Technology to be Showcased at SPS IPC Drives November 28-30, 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany

Wibu-Systems, an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market, has added CodeMeter Cloud Lite to its portfolio of solutions for protection, licensing and security of digital assets and Intellectual Property. CodeMeter Cloud Lite enables developers to easily license their Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, standard PC software, or mobile apps via the cloud. The server interfaces directly with CodeMeter License Central, the company’s flexible platform for creating, delivering and managing license entitlements.

CodeMeter Cloud Lite can be operated by the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) or by Wibu-Systems. It includes the necessary interfaces (including OAuth2, SAML) to work seamlessly with Single-Sign-On (SSO) solutions that may already exist in an established IT environment. CodeMeter Cloud Lite uses the standard mechanisms of CodeMeter License Central and conveniently aligns the processes for both cloud and on-premise licensing. CodeMeter License Central can be integrated with SAP, Salesforce or other ERP, CRM, and e-commerce solution to fully automate the licensing and entitlement process, whether it be for an on-premise, Cloud, or hybrid implementation.

Mobile applications for tablet computers or smartphones can also be used with CodeMeter Cloud Lite licenses, either by direct integration in the app or by relying on the server. Local PC-based applications can be licensed with this technology and additionally protected against tampering and reverse engineering using CodeMeter Protection Suite and a locally issued Protection Only License.

CodeMeter Cloud Lite offers a SOAP and a REST interface, making it available even on systems where no CodeMeter Runtime is available or integration is currently not feasible or excessively difficult, such as with HTML5 applications with JavaScript or PHP applications on servers.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Founder of Wibu-Systems, said: “Our CodeMeter solutions are always designed with the end user in mind. With the growing global interest in cloud-based implementations, our goal was to make the transformation from traditional on-premise to cloud licensing as seamless as possible. CodeMeter Cloud Lite in conjunction with CodeMeter License Central simplifies that transition and gives ISVs ready access to new business models to monetize their software-driven applications.”

news-2660 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:17:05 +0200 Wibu-Systems shares Plattform Industrie 4.0 vision and becomes an active member of the association https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-shares-plattform-industrie-40-vision-and-becomes-an-active-member-of-the-association.html Strong partnerships for new momentum in the digital transformation Strong partnerships for new momentum in the digital transformation

Wibu-Systems, the world’s no. 1 vendor of embedded software monetization technology, takes its co-operation with Plattform Industrie 4.0, the association developing joint recommendations around Industrie 4.0 for all stakeholders, to a new level and signs up to become an official and active member of the ecosystem.

Plattform Industrie 4.0 was launched at the Hannover Fair in 2013 as one of the innovative projects in the “Action Plan High-Tech Strategy 2020” promoted by Germany’s Federal Government. Since then, it has expanded to include a larger number of enterprises and representatives from various associations and trade unions as well as academia and politics. Its scope though remains unchanged: Raising awareness about Industrie 4.0, assessing the levers for Germany to become the leading factory equipment supplier for Industrie 4.0, identifying areas where Germany can improve its competitiveness as a manufacturing location, producing a consistent and reliable framework that includes the setting of standards and norms, and, on a larger scale, determining the benefits that Industrie 4.0 can bring globally in the workspace.

With the advent of Industrie 4.0, Wibu-Systems committed to a major shift in its strategy and, even before Plattform Industrie 4.0 was launched, the company invested substantially into research and development to provide its flagship technology not just to traditional software publishers (ISVs), but also to intelligent device manufacturers (IDMs). The growing smart manufacturing community can now protect its digital know-how against reverse engineering and counterfeiting, safeguard data and processes against tampering, and, most of all, enjoy new customer-centric and versatile means to monetize its business.

In 2015, Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter was added to the Map of Industrie 4.0 with a use case for the protection of know-how and production data and a demo implementation at SmartFactoryKL. The map represents a helpful resource for getting in touch with Industrie 4.0 vendors throughout Germany and benefitting from their specific technologies.

Already a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Wibu-Systems joined the JTG5 working group in 2016, which encompasses all activities regarding security in Industrial Internet and Industrie 4.0 systems. It aligns the IIC Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF) with RAMI 4.0 and hosts dedicated collaboration projects to show the interoperability among the different solutions.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, states: “We are fully committed to providing robust, flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use technologies that help IDMs migrate from a monolithic approach to their markets to online and secure platforms that create new revenue streams with a complete range of software licensing models. By joining the Plattform Industrie 4.0’s “Security of Networked Systems” working group, we can expect some insightful conversations around secure identities, secure communications, and OPC UA”.

news-2604 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:38:32 +0200 Wibu-Systems’ comprehensive formula at the IoT Solutions World Congress https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-comprehensive-formula-at-the-iot-solutions-world-congress.html Leveraging innovative technologies to transform digital business Leveraging innovative technologies to transform digital business

For its inaugural participation at the IoT Solutions World Congress, the leading international event in the IoT industry that will take place in Barcelona, Spain, October 3-5, Wibu-Systems, the global powerhouse in secure software licensing applied to the industrial field, will be in the pavilion of the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of IoT, and co-organizer of this show.

The IoT Solutions World Congress is a unique event focused on vertical markets. More than 250 speakers will provide over 130 hours of education across manufacturing, energy and utilities, connected transport, healthcare, buildings and infrastructure, open industry, quantum computing, and Blockchain technologies. With a large exhibition area, testbeds and live demos, networking activities, and an independent award program, this show has already achieved double digit growth in registered congress and expo visitors.

Wibu-Systems has embraced this expansive spirit and will be active on several fronts. Visitors can meet the company’s senior executives at the IIC member pavilion, in hall 5, booth E571, where they will elaborate on their latest technology innovations and how these propel software monetization in the IoT space. With CodeMeter, its multi-platform, multi-vendor, and multi-purpose technology for software protection, licensing, and security, the company has reached a maturity level that is influencing the way software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers drive their business.

A clear example of this deeply transformative impact will be offered in the IIC pavilion itself. Wibu-Systems is participating in a collective security-centered and cloud-based demonstration, along with IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0 members. For the demonstration, Wibu-Systems is contributing an embroidery machine from its customer, ZSK, to show how to protect the intellectual know-how in the form of software and production data, communicate data securely in a M2M scenario, and multiply revenues with the power of versatile licensing.

In an additional demonstration led by the members of the Trusted Computing Group at the Convention Center in room 5.1, Wibu-Systems will illustrate all of the various hardware security elements the company supports for the storage of sensitive information, license details, and cryptographic keys. These include not just the form factors the company produces on its own, like USB dongles, memory cards and ASICs, but also third-party components, like Trusted Platform Modules.

In the Congress arena, Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, will convey his mission to the attendees: “Over the years, our technology has kept expanding to reach new frontiers and assist a greater number of software-driven businesses to safeguard their intellectual property and create diversified and recurring profit plans. We believe that the success of app stores can be well replicated in the industrial sphere; by shifting investments from hardware to software, vendors can significantly reduce bottom line costs and increase their ability to enter global markets.” During his lecture “Price-responsive business models for the healthcare industry”, in room 3, on October 5th, 12.40 to 1.15 pm, Mr. Winzenried will delve deeper into his vision for the next industrial revolution.

“We are delighted that IIC members such as Wibu-Systems are participating in IOTSWC 2017 in such an enthusiastic manner,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium. “and especially pleased to see Wibu-Systems leveraging the many opportunities to discuss the very timely topic of industrial IoT security at the conference.”

news-2596 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:34:39 +0200 Wibu-Systems’ premier showcase at EMO Hanover https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-premier-showcase-at-emo-hanover.html Protected and user-friendly digital business models for Industrie 4.0 Protected and user-friendly digital business models for Industrie 4.0

For its premier presence at EMO, the world’s leading trade fair for the metalworking industry hosted in Hanover, 18 to 23 September, Wibu-Systems, a global powerhouse in secure license management, is preparing a comprehensive program that will engage intelligent device manufacturers, industrial operators, and end users alike. At its booth B60, in the Industrie 4.0 area of hall 25, the company will show how connected systems for intelligent production can result in new revenue streams.

Since the dawn of Industrie 4.0, Wibu-Systems has leveraged its core values of uniformity, comprehensiveness, robustness, simplicity, uniqueness, and continuity to bring CodeMeter’s technology to a new level of compatibility with a broader range of platforms, secure elements, and applications. Numerous research projects, partnerships, and collective demonstrations have also scaled up the game and produced new and innovative solutions for the Industrial Internet market.

IUNO, the German National Reference Project for Cybersecurity in Industrie 4.0, is a perfect expression of this collaborative spirit. In one of the projects that are being developed in this context, Wibu-Systems is cooperating with TRUMPF, a global leader in machine tools, laser technology, and electronics. Strategically positioned close to AXOOM, TRUMPF’s daughter company and a specialist in combining production and IT expertise for smart manufacturers, Wibu-Systems is ready to show the results of the efforts undertaken so far.

AXOOM’s digital business platform is designed for use along the entire production value chain. Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter protects the intellectual property and provides business-enabling opportunities through versatile and secure software licensing. Both technologies have been integrated into a tapping machine that addresses two separate use cases to bring producers and consumers together:

  • Creating new drinks: The producer creates a new drink, whose recipe is encrypted via CodeMeter and transferred to AXOOM's marketplace. The corresponding license is set as an item in CodeMeter License Central, the database-derived license and entitlement application, which automates the process of creating, delivering, and managing software licenses.
  • Selling drinks: The consumer selects a drink. The order travels through the marketplace, and the license for the creation of this specific drink is transferred from CodeMeter License Central to the mixer.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, who will be on site at EMO and give a lecture on how to monetize machines with modular features at the Forum in booth B60, hall 25, on September 20th, 11.30 am to 12.00 pm, states: “We live in exciting times, as computational power, cloud storage, and security technologies have reached the capability and pricing point to transform our world and can now offer a plethora of automated, digital, and tailored services. Expanding our imagination is our next frontier. Following the same pattern, CodeMeter, our protection, licensing, and security technology, is becoming more sophisticated and convenient every day and providing an optimal effort-performance relationship”.

Stephan Fischer, Head of Digital Business Solutions at TRUMPF and CEO of AXOOM, adds: “Together with AXOOM and Wibu-Systems, we are generating new synergies that are creating seamless secure connections between machines, software, and industrial processes to meet the requirements of data-driven business models.”

news-2591 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:38:22 +0200 Wibu-Systems Joins Dell Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Partner Program https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-joins-dell-internet-of-things-iot-solutions-partner-program.html Partnership Reinforces Commitment Towards Secure IoT Deployments Partnership Reinforces Commitment Towards Secure IoT Deployments

Wibu-Systems, an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market, announced today that they have become a Dell IoT Solutions Partner.

The Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program is designed to give Technology and Services Providers the tools needed to focus on the advancement of commercial and industrial IoT solutions. The program enables ISVs, OEMs, developers and end customers to find the right tools to deploy scalable, differentiated solutions on top of Dell's broad portfolio of IoT-enabling technologies. Through this partnership, Dell customers can easily deploy Wibu-Systems IP protection and IoT software licensing and license tracking solution on their Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series and Embedded Box PC 3000 and 5000 Series systems.

“Security is a huge priority when it comes to implementing IoT where critical organizational operations and data are at risk,” said Jason Shepherd, Director, IoT Strategy and Partnerships, Dell. “With Wibu-Systems’ technology, our customers have a qualified licensing and protection solution that will help them address the many security and monetization challenges that will arise along their path towards IoT success.”

IoT is delivering real benefits in efficiency, customer experience, safety and new revenue models. Security-by-design is integral to successful IoT initiatives to achieve functional integrity and protect private and mission-critical data. Wibu-Systems’ award winning CodeMeter technology enables software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers to safeguard the intellectual property of their applications against illicit and fraudulent use, reverse engineering, and tampering. Furthermore, CodeMeter enables new business models for intelligent device manufacturers through secure licensing and automated deployment and tracking. CodeMeter is a proven solution with use cases across many industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, communication, energy, transportation and logistics, and industrial automation. It fully integrates easily into the most popular ERP, CRM, and e-commerce platforms.

CodeMeter supports all mainstream platforms, including Windows, Windows Embedded Standard, and Windows Embedded Compact, Linux and Embedded Linux, macOS, VxWorks, CODESYS, B&R Automation Studio, and Rockwell Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Founder of Wibu-Systems, said: “We are excited to join Dell’s technology partner ecosystem and strengthen our joint commitment to help the development community address the many security challenges that abound in the IoT. CodeMeter is the perfect solution for licensing, license tracking and IP protection, all of which give developers the flexibility to launch innovative, secure, and successful IoT monetization strategies.”

news-2556 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:41:56 +0200 Wibu-Systems’ technology recognized by SIIA as Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-technology-recognized-by-siia-as-best-content-rights-and-entitlement-solution.html CodeMeter earns prestigious business technology industry recognition CodeMeter earns prestigious business technology industry recognition

Wibu-Systems, the world leader in software monetization for independent software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers, announced today that CodeMeter has been named the Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution of 2017 in the 32nd annual SIIA CODiE Awards. CODiE Award recipients represent the companies producing the most innovative businesses technology products around the world.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive such extraordinary recognition for our CodeMeter technology from our industry peers,” said Oliver Winzenried, Founder and CEO of Wibu-Systems. “Being named the best in class for the third time since we first applied in 2005 validates the strong design foundations upon which CodeMeter is built and its role in serving as the ultimate protection, licensing, and security solution for standalone, networked, virtualized, and cloud-based applications running on computers, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers.”

Marcellus Buchheit, Co-Founder and President of WIBU-SYSTEMS USA, who led the demonstration process of CodeMeter to the CODiE Awards jury, added: “Since our inception in 1989, we have kept faith to our mission with undivided attention and helped developers monetize their software applications and expand their business opportunities. Our single focus strategy and the goal of world-class technology excellence have proved to bring outstanding results on the global scene.”

CodeMeter is a business-enabling secure licensing platform that protects the intellectual property of software vendors against piracy and reverse engineering, provides versatile, price-responsive business models that meet even the widest array of customers’ requirements, and easily allows for the integration of endpoint security features into Industrie 4.0 frameworks. With the strongest and most innovative encryption methods, a dynamic license lifecycle and entitlement management, and a customizable footprint that adjusts to the specifications of the target system, CodeMeter is maintaining its uniqueness in the global market.

“SIIA’s 2017 Business Technology CODiE Awards recognize the companies that are at the forefront of business innovation. These companies are shaping the future of how we conduct business, and it is truly an honor to recognize these products through the CODiE Awards”, said Ken Wasch, President, SIIA.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced the full slate of CODiE winners during a special Award Ceremony in San Francisco on July 25.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program. The first-round review of all nominees is conducted by software and business technology experts with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media, bloggers, bankers and investors. The scores from the expert judge review determine the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. 60 awards were given this year for products and services developed specifically for B2B software, information and media companies.

Details about the winning products can be found at http://www.siia.net/codie/2017-Winners.

news-2506 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:02:14 +0200 Blurry Box, the Unbreakable Software Protection Technology https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/blurry-box-the-unbreakable-software-protection-technology.html A group of worldwide hackers could not crack Wibu-Systems’ new encryption scheme A group of worldwide hackers could not crack Wibu-Systems’ new encryption scheme

Hundreds of participants from all corners of the globe have taken part in a hackers contest aimed at cracking a game protected with Blurry Box®, the pinnacle of encryption recently launched by Wibu-Systems. The outcome: No one could break the latest software protection technology introduced by the leading provider of secure license management in the industrial world.

The contestants tried frantically for three weeks; two of them submitted their results to the independent jury consisting of IT security scientists from the Horst Goertz Institute (HGI) and the Institute for Internet Security - if(is). Their exploits were proven to be not correct, resulting in a voluntary award of €1,000 each against the total sum of €50,000 that was originally at stake for a complete hacking solution. Instead, it will go towards further research and development.

Wibu-Systems has been focusing on the protection of digital know-how for almost thirty years, leading to the birth of CodeMeter, its flagship solution for safeguarding software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers from intellectual property piracy, product counterfeiting, software reverse engineering, and code tampering. One of the essential components of CodeMeter is its encryption mechanism: The AxProtector module conveniently encrypts the compiled software in a fully automated fashion; the IxProtector module, later integrated in AxProtector, extracts and encrypts individual functions for higher protection against typical cracking techniques.

Still, some complex and sensitive software need stronger protections. In 2014, Wibu-Systems, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the research center FZI took the first prize at the German IT Security Awards for Blurry Box. Since then, the encryption scheme has been integrated into CodeMeter and is now publicly validated through the global challenge. It extracts, duplicates, modifies, and encrypts individual functions, selects variants, and takes the flow of the program into consideration. Traps and decryption delays stop brute force attacks. With such a robust design, hackers would have an easier time rebuilding the software protected with Blurry Box from scratch.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, who was just named Top Embedded Innovator of 2017, shares his excitement: “In today’s world, wars are shifting towards a digital battlefield. Industrie 4.0, IoT applications, and digitized services will have to be hardened with the most stringent security measures. Our mission is to put our greatest business and private life values into safe hands”.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann, one of the contest jurors and Director for Internet Security at if(is), adds "In my mind, it is a great idea that developers let ‘hackers’ take on their products in a public competition. It gives us transparency about how secure and trustworthy they are, and the contest is a great opportunity for the participants to learn about IT security." 

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz, another of the contest jurors and Deputy Director of HGI and Professor for Systems Security, declares “In 2014, Blurry Box won the 1st prize in the German IT Security Awards, the most prestigious awards for IT security in Germany. Our constant work on refining the concept and the recent success in our hackers’ contest are a perfect match with the mission of the awards, and it is great to see a concrete product coming out of it. The German IT Security Awards are entering their next round in autumn 2017, and I am very hopeful about repeating our performance in the future."

Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade, Head of the Institute for Cryptography and Security at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and one of the partners that have organized the contest, states “It is great to see the results of the hackers’ contest, because however careful your analysis is beforehand, true security depends on whether the theoretical models can stand the test of actual reality. We can only know this by trial and observation, which is why even the theory needs a hackers’ contest. The IT security research done at the KASTEL center of competence sees systems holistically and includes many different disciplines and methods for the purpose. Blurry Box is a perfect example of this.”

news-2498 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:22:43 +0200 Wibu-Systems named SIIA Business Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best Content Rights & Entitlement Solution and Best Endpoint Management Solution https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-named-siia-business-technology-codie-award-finalist-for-best-content-rights-entitleme.html CodeMeter and CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 earn two prestigious industry recognitions CodeMeter and CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 earn two prestigious industry recognitions

Wibu-Systems, the world-leading company in secure license management in the industrial space, announced today that CodeMeter has been named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Content Rights & Entitlement Solution category, and CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Endpoint Management Solution category. The finalists represent the best products, technologies, and services in software, information, and business technology. 

With its robust protection mechanisms against piracy and reverse engineering and its flexible licensing options, CodeMeter is a business enabler that monetizes the scalable licensing models required to meet the dynamic user demands of today and tomorrow.

Additionally, CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 is a modular and scalable environment for IoT endpoints that provides embedded applications with top-notch security features and the most versatile license entitlement management capabilities yet. The technology supports all of the most common development platforms IDMs rely upon, including Intel x86, PPC, ARM, Windows, Linux, Android, VxWorks, and QNX.

Encryption keys, trust lists, and license-based configuration data are stored in the smart card chip on board an industry-grade hardware secure element (a USB dongle, memory card, or ASIC) or a secure file bound to a hardware element of the target machine, like a TPM. This specific feature, fully integrated into an ANSI C-based OPC UA SDK, elevates OPC UA native security standards to new levels.

CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 comes in a customizable and always compact size that meets the hardware constraints of embedded systems and provides all core security and licensing features without compromising performance, even when handling access from several applications concurrently. Its full compatibility with CodeMeter makes it possible to orchestrate a wide array of Wibu-Systems flagship technology flavors even in complex systems that consist of industrial computers, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLC, and microcontrollers. This endpoint security-ready package also works with CodeMeter License Central to create, deliver, monitor, and manage licenses. Its extreme flexibility makes it a perfect tool for generating after-sales revenue models.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 93 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. CodeMeter was honored twice among the 205 finalists across 59 business technology categories.

I am impressed by the level of innovation and creativity of the products that have been selected as this year's CODiE Award finalists. We are happy to recognize these products and the power they have to transform the future of how we do business”, said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems and recently named 2017 Top Embedded Innovator, is thrilled by this unprecedented acknowledgement “We have run for the CODiE Awards year after year and reached the final and winning stages numerous times. This year’s result is unprecedented though: CodeMeter is receiving acclaim in two categories and showing all its versatility and strength as an endpoint security solution. This achievement underlines its flexible and agnostic capability to serve the industrial internet of things.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-recognized awards program. Business technology leaders including senior executives, analysts, media, consultants, and investors evaluate assigned products during the first-round review to determine the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. Winners will be announced during the CODiE Award Business Technology Winner Announcement & Celebration, July 25 in San Francisco.

Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists

news-2496 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:50:01 +0200 Preventing cyber-attacks in rescue services: security ‘made in Germany’ protects respirators https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/preventing-cyber-attacks-in-rescue-services-security-made-in-germany-protects-respirators.html Life-Saving Technology at the German Digital Summit Life-Saving Technology at the German Digital Summit

An appalling scenario: a famous soccer player is involved in a serious traffic accident, just as his team is fighting to avoid relegation. While the player’s accident is not yet publicly known, the IT systems of the hospital are attacked. Looking for sensitive data, the perpetrators come across the name and records of the soccer player. Nobody yet knows that a substitute for the player will be necessary or that the team’s position is at risk. Ticket sales and sport bets continue as normal for the unsuspecting public…

Electronic devices in emergency medicine are extremely powerful, but often insufficiently secured against unauthorized digital access. At the Digital Summit of the German Federal Government on 12 and 13 June 2017, three German companies will for the first time present a technical solution to secure medical devices against unauthorized access to their data.

Immediate emergency measures are often required at the scene of an accident. Respirators may be necessary as an initial intervention. These devices often remain with the patient—from the place of the accident through transport to the intensive care unit. Data is generated and required along the entire rescue chain, in order to provide the involved parties with necessary information as quickly as possible. Unauthorized access to that data can be prevented by mutual identification of the connected medical devices and computers, called machine-to-machine authentication. In addition, supply data can be encrypted before they are sent via mobile or stationary networks.

At the Digital Summit, visitors can see a mobile respirator from Fritz Stephan GmbH, protected by technology made in Germany by Wibu-Systems and Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY). The integrated hardware anchor is certified by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The respirator not only shows how critical medical devices can be effectively secured, but also how critical equipment can be retrofitted with hardware-based security to effectively secure personal data and medical records.

The device has recently been introduced to market, with security technology developed, tested, and produced in Germany. This is an important milestone towards digital sovereignty in medical care. In July 2016, the European Commission classified the health sector as a critical infrastructure requiring particular security measures against increasing cyber-attacks.

news-2418 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:43:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems Offers €50,000 for Breaking Its Patented Encryption Method https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-offers-eur50000-for-breaking-its-patented-encryption-method.html Hannover Messe: A Global Hacking Contest to Test the Strength of Blurry Box, the Pinnacle of Encryption Hannover Messe: A Global Hacking Contest to Test the Strength of Blurry Box, the Pinnacle of Encryption

For the opening of the Hannover Messe, Wibu-Systems, the leading provider of secure license management in the industrial world, launches a new global hacking contest to prove the validity and strength of Blurry Box®, a new revolutionary encryption method. Starting today, online registrations are open to all hackers at www.blurrybox.com. The contestants will have three weeks to break the code and report their exploits for their chance to win €50,000.

The contenders have to hack a game application that is protected with Blurry Box and prove they can run the software without Internet connection and the associated hardware secure element. The hijacks will be reported directly to an external jury of three high-profile IT security scientists: Professor Dr. Thorsten Holz, Deputy Director of the Horst Goertz Institute (HGI) and Professor of Systems Security, Professor Dr. Christof Paar, Director of IT Security at HGI and Professor of Embedded Security, and Professor Dr. (TU NN) Norbert Pohlmann, Director of Internet Security at the Institute for Internet Security - if(is). The jurors accepted their role in their quest for new IT security talents.

In 2014, HGI already conferred the first prize to Blurry Box at the German IT Security Awards in recognition of its more effective approach to protecting software against piracy, reverse engineering, and tampering, based on Kerckhoffs’ Principle. It was back then that the encryption method was first presented by its inventors, Wibu-Systems, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and their research center FZI.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, explains his strategy “We held similar events successfully in 2001, 2007, and 2010. After working closely with our partners KIT and FZI over the last few years, we are ready to put Blurry Box to the test, before we integrate it into our flagship technology CodeMeter and offer it to our customers. Rather than abiding by “security by obscurity”, we are opening up the method to the global community to validate. A connected world needs more impenetrable security and it’s in the past that we have found a solution for the future.”

news-2398 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:14:00 +0200 Hannover Messe: Wibu-Systems and its partners demonstrate cybersecurity in Industrie 4.0 applications https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/hannover-messe-wibu-systems-and-its-partners-demonstrate-cybersecurity-in-industrie-40-application.html Leveraging secure license management to ignite the digital econom Leveraging secure license management to ignite the digital econom

There is nothing like seeing cybersecurity in action before your eyes to understand how it can be employed in your business. That’s the spirit that has driven Wibu-Systems to organize an intense demonstration program for the upcoming edition of the Hannover Messe. In its own exhibition space in hall 8, booth D05, and alongside dozens of other IIoT trailblazers, the company will be showing how security ecosystems and applied security frameworks can prevent the cyber-attacks that connected systems will inevitably have to face.

It all starts at Wibu-Systems’ booth, where an embroidery machine from our long-standing customer ZSK Stickmaschinen is protected with CodeMeter, the all-in-one technology for protection against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering. As the recent study on product piracy conducted by the German Engineering Federation VDMA illustrates, attacks to the know-how of products, machines and entire manufacturing facilities are becoming rampant as Industrie 4.0 is taking off. CodeMeter encrypts source code, machine code, and sensitive configuration data and stores the digital keys in a preferably hardware-based secure element, namely a dongle in the form factor of a USB stick, a memory card, or an ASIC. The protection capabilities come alongside license lifecycle management to also boost revenues by enabling versatile sales strategies that meet all customers’ demands with modular licensing and pricing.

The embroidery machine will then provide a syslog (security incident information) to the SIEM (security information and event management) system of a broader demonstration set up by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Plattform Industrie 4.0. In their collaborative effort to outline common guidelines between RAMI and the Industrial Internet Security Framework, the two organizations have gathered 24 companies that have been working closely for the last five months to provide an interoperable security concept. The core of the demonstration can be found at booths C24 and D24 in hall 8, but the demonstration expands into other booths and halls throughout the fair, to other parts of Germany, and even other parts of the world. The goal is to demonstrate that endpoint security is achievable with current technologies even in heterogeneous architectures that mimic a real-world distributed multi-vendor constellation.

Wibu-Systems is also cooperating with SmartFactoryKL, a technology initiative promoted by the DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. The cross-site demonstration on display in hall 8, booth D20, is joined by 18 pioneering companies, each contributing its specific expertise for the dawn of a new industrial age. CodeMeter by Wibu-Systems provides the technology required to achieve comprehensive and strong IT security standards in Industrie 4.0 production facilities. It protects software components against unauthorized access and manipulation. Cryptographic keys, e.g. used for authentication in OPC UA, are stored and used securely on CmDongles. CodeMeter’s license management capabilities allow fine-grained controls over software features or the configuration or confidential production data.

IUNO, the German Reference Project for Cybersecurity in Industrie 4.0, has also made remarkable progress. In the last year, all four application areas of customized production, technology data marketplaces, remote maintenance, and visual security control centers have made great strides towards ultimately offering SMEs a security blueprint. In hall 2, booth B22, IUNO’s members will be presenting the current results of their work to establish cross-domain trust for the manufacturers of networked products. To illustrate the concept of the license-based economy, Wibu-Systems will use CodeMeter License Central, their web-based entitlement platform, to associate licenses with beverages: Drinks are served and billed based on the customer’s order. In a separate project, Wibu-Systems will explore endpoint security by design: CodeMeter Runtime is used for the remote maintenance of clients, and CodeMeter Embedded for the remote maintenance of machines.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, is certain that the technology has reached maturity: “Industrie 4.0 started with a vision to optimize manufacturing processes in a sustainable way that would safeguard resources, safety, and the environment. As technologies were developed to embrace this ideal, we came across security and business challenges: We had to reinvent not just the nuts and bolts of production, but also keep intellectual property secure and provide new go-to-market approaches. Together with other Industrie 4.0 frontrunners, we have created multi-platform, standardized, and robust cybersecurity measures that all intelligent device manufacturers can implement right now.”

news-2400 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:45:33 +0200 Bronze Podium for CodeMeter microEmbedded at the Electronic Product of the Year Awards 2017 https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/bronze-podium-for-codemeter-microembedded-at-the-electronic-product-of-the-year-awards-2017.html Securing microcontrollers in unsecure connected environments Securing microcontrollers in unsecure connected environments

CodeMeter µEmbedded, the Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter variant made especially for software developers to protect application code and intellectual property against reverse engineering on microcontrollers and Field Programmable Gate Arrays, has taken the third place in the annual Electronic Product of the Year competition led by the German publishing group WEKA. The award ceremony that took place on March 31st was the final highlight of a selection process in which the editorial team of Elektronik screened all of the most recent innovative and forward-looking products and left their readers the final vote from among 111 picks.

An increasing number of systems in the professional and consumer markets is managed by microcontrollers. These units use sophisticated algorithms and likely need firmware updates during their lifetime. The firmware of today’s microcontrollers is generally loaded onto controllers as a compiled hex image using a serial connection, without any protection against reverse engineering or fraudulent manipulation. This leaves the file vulnerable in its transfer from the build system to the controller and jeopardizes the trustworthiness of the end-to-end production process.

Even if the manufacturer trusts his own build process, the microcontroller is no longer located in a controlled environment after it has left the production site. Vendors thus face a double threat: product know-how stolen by competitors and tampering attacks during updates and upgrades of the firmware. Either can occur in any insecure and unpredictable environment regulated by end users.

To achieve a comprehensive solution that meets the goals of know-how protection, integrity protection, and license-based monetization, the firmware (of an Infineon XMC™ microcontroller in this case) is encrypted by CodeMeter µEmbedded with symmetric and asymmetric (AES and ECC) algorithms, digitally signed as part of the build process in DAVE™ (Digital Application Virtual Engineer) toolchain and uniquely bound to the microcontroller.

During the third-party production of a XMC4500-based device, the secure firmware is loaded into the controller. When powering up for the first time, the loader communicates with the production system, generates a fingerprint of the device, and is injected with a license. From then on, only encrypted, licensed, and signed firmware can be loaded into the XMC microcontroller. If needed, the firmware can also use the license information for custom behaviors. The firmware cannot be extracted from the XMC, and it is read-protected by internal XMC mechanisms.

To bolster security further, it is possible to extend the hardware binding to an external secure element like an OPTIGA™ TPM (Trusted Platform Module) or an SLE security controller communicating via Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) with the XMC controller.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, sees the security of microcontrollers as the lifeblood of modern technology “We have the interests of all software developers at heart; regardless of the platforms or systems they have specialized in, our CodeMeter technology has a flavor to address the needs of computers, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and even microcontrollers. Their computational power and performance vary considerably; still, we have managed to provide the backbone of our security capabilities in just 60 kBytes for the loader code. But even more significantly, we ensure complete compatibility in between all the CodeMeter variants, so that heterogenous landscapes can be protected and licensed with the same technology and considerable savings in the investment made.”

news-2393 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:38:43 +0200 Hannover Messe: Wibu-Systems introduces the world’s smallest dongle with flash memory https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/hannover-messe-wibu-systems-introduces-the-worlds-smallest-dongle-with-flash-memory.html CmStick/CM, the secure, classy, and robust unit for software protection CmStick/CM, the secure, classy, and robust unit for software protection

After almost three decades as a global leader in software protection against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering, Wibu-Systems keeps surprising the market with technological innovations year after year. CmStick/CM, the newcomer to CodeMeter’s hardware element family for secure key storage, comes in a futuristic design that is not just elegant, slim, and ultra-compact in size, but also the outcome of a totally new way of creating robust USB devices made to stand up to even demanding industrial environments.

This new dongle adds to a complete hardware product lineup that already includes compact dongles without flash memory, standard-size dongles with flash memory, memory cards, and ASICs. The new CmStick/CM combines the security capabilities and additional features of all the above form factors in a sturdy metal housing that is fully integrated with the USB connector.

The main highlight features of CmStick/CM include:

  • USB 3.1 interface, which comes in handy for heavy-weight data exchange between the flash memory and the computer the unit is plugged into
  • High speed flash storage memory (initially 8 GB, larger capacities in development), based on 2 Bit Multi Level Cell (MLC) technology
  • Infineon SLM97 smart card chip to fuel the full power of CodeMeter
  • Hyperstone U9 flash controller and its patented hymap® firmware to meet the most stringent industrial requirements in terms of durability, reliability, and protection against data loss from memory in the event of power outages during writing
  • An optional encrypted partition of the flash memory (CmSecureDisk) where software produced data or machine configuration data can be securely read and written after successful authentication via CodeMeter API

However, the greatest revolutionary concept that makes CmStick/CM stand out as the smallest dongle with flash memory in the world is its high-tech manufacturing technology called SiP (System in Package). The power of SiP technology lies in its ability to bring together many IC and package assembly and testing techniques to create highly integrated products with optimized cost, size, and performance. This cutting-edge module creates a seamless union between the USB connector and the body of the dongle; the connector is no longer subject to bending, vibration, humidity, or temperature shocks; it is part of the housing itself, which makes the stick highly recommended for rugged industrial contexts. For complete customer satisfaction, the metal case can be personalized with the client’s logo. Thanks to its highly automated production, the CmStick/CM also offers an unbeatable price/performance ratio.

Samples of CmStick/CM will be available at Hannover Messe, where Wibu-Systems is exhibiting in hall 8, booth D05. Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, had this say: “Our company leverages cybersecurity to help reshape the Industrie 4.0 driven economy and accompany intelligent device manufacturers on their journey from machine vendors to solution providers. Security is agnostic to vertical markets and an essential layer of all connected cyber-physical systems in automation, medical devices, facility management, logistics, automotive, and small office or home environments. Hardware secure elements have to be available in all shapes and sizes to match the extreme diversity of possible endpoints. This is our thinking behind taking CodeMeter into a new hardware territory.”

news-2373 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:52:45 +0100 Embedded World 2017: Portable Security with the Wibu-Systems’ Memory Card Family https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/embedded-world-2017-portable-security-with-the-wibu-systems-memory-card-family.html Seven reasons in favor of the memory + security combination offered by CmCards Seven reasons in favor of the memory + security combination offered by CmCards

Wibu-Systems, the global protection, licensing, and security powerhouse, provides its CodeMeter technology for the integrity of data, applications, and communication in association with hardware and software secure elements, including a complete range of secure memory cards, the CmCards. In a connected world, illegal counterfeiting, reengineering, or illicit copying as well as sabotage, manipulation, or espionage threaten the invaluable know-how of companies everywhere. CmCards are the ideal medium to introduce secure Industrie 4.0 concepts in brownfield scenarios.

CmCards, which are available in microSD, SD, Compact Flash, and CFast form factors, are specifically designed for industrial applications. All models deliver full CodeMeter functionality through the Infineon SLM97 smart card chip, on which encryption keys and sensitive license data are stored. CmCards are qualified for extremely high EMC performance. The conformal coating used on their PCB ensures smooth operation even in the presence of condensation and with temperature fluctuations from 40°C to +85°C. The flash controllers made by hyperstone (S8 for CmCard/microSD and CmCard/SD, F4 for CmCard/CF, and A2 for CmCard/CFast) and their associated and patented hyMap® firmware guarantee memory reliability against loss of data during writing operations even in case of power failures.

The combination of flash memory and security provides several benefits for intelligent device manufacturers:

  • Greater security: The close, built-in combination of smart card chip and flash memory adds to the security of the design.
  • Lower operational costs: One single hardware element provides multiple functions, thus reducing the bill of material, logistic, and maintenance costs.
  • Lower power consumption: Aggregating two technologies in a single device paves the way for consistent savings, especially in large plants.
  • Industrial-grade design: CmCards are designed, produced, and prepped for industrial applications. Their long life and long availability reduces the total cost of ownership and increases profit.
  • Space: The smaller form factor allows the security functions to be included in very small-scale devices.
  • Upgradeability: Devices already in the field can be upgraded without any changes to their hardware, as CodeMeter hardware secure elements support all standard flash memory interfaces: USB, microSD, SD, CF, and CFast.
  • Versatility: A secure data partition CmSecure can optionally be enabled to allow on-the-fly encryption of read and write data via CodeMeter API after successful authentication.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, adds: “Next week, at Embedded World, hall 4 booth 540, we will be showing a portable security concept for the immediate application of Industrie 4.0 principles: CmCards offer direct access to the most cutting edge encryption methods, can be transferred from device to device for software license mobility to propel the growth of a license-based economy, and can be used in computers, embedded systems, and PLCs. Manufacturers and service technicians can add value to their existing facilities and enjoy a prompt return on their investment by applying modern business models made possible by versatile license lifecycle management.”

news-2352 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:03 +0100 Embedded World: Security by Design powered by Wibu-Systems CmASIC https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/embedded-world-security-by-design-powered-by-wibu-systems-cmasic.html Industrie 4.0-ready concepts for a secure and license-based economy Industrie 4.0-ready concepts for a secure and license-based economy

Wibu-Systems has been championing cybersecurity and software license management for decades, and its solutions are a perfect match for the IIoT scene emerging across the globe. At Embedded World, hall 4, booth 540, Nuremberg, Germany, March 14-16, Wibu-Systems will present to the crowds of embedded system enthusiasts its new generation of CmASIC, a module that Intelligent Device Manufacturers (IDMs) can directly embed into their boards to provide out-of-the box security and entitlement management.

In a connected world, security has become the cornerstone for the entire infrastructure. More specifically, security-by-design leaves nothing to chance: the system is created free from vulnerabilities from the very start and impervious to attack. By soldering a security module directly on the board of the endpoint, the endpoint is clearly identified, sensitive data, like encryption keys, production records, and configuration schemes, are safeguarded, and the module itself is accessible only by physically and logically tampering with the endpoint.

In particular, with Wibu-Systems’ CmASIC, the symmetric and asymmetric keys (128-bit AES, SHA-256, 2048-bit RSA, or 224-bit ECC) are securely stored in the non-volatile memory of the CC EAL 5+, FIPS 140-2, and EMVCo certified Infineon chip that powers the CmASIC itself. The security controller is certified to run in an extremely wide temperature range from -40° C to +105° C, making it the ideal component for industrial applications.

Integrating CmASIC is also very easy: the module, which is now available on stock, is delivered in a VQFN-32, 5x5 mm chip size package. It provides both a USB and an SPI communication interface, which allow for its integration in powerful USB devices as well as in small energy-saving devices that only feature SPI interfaces. On the software side, CmASIC supports all mainstream operating systems via CodeMeter Embedded, including Windows, Linux, and macOS for PCs, Embedded Linux and Windows Embedded for embedded systems, Linux RT, VxWorks, and QNX for RTOS, and CODESYS, B&R, and Rockwell for PLCs. All VxWorks 7 Security Profile users will find Wibu-Systems’ technology included in the RTOS of their choice and can upgrade to CodeMeter Security to benefit also from copy protection, license management, and hardware-based key storage.

CmASIC belongs to the broader universe of CodeMeter, a technology that couples license entitlement management with top-of-the-breed encryption methods to protect the integrity of digital assets from counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering attacks. This unique combination fulfills the requirements of digitized business, immediately propelling even brownfield infrastructures to a high level of security and scalability. With its multi-layer concept, CodeMeter works with software and hardware-based security elements and numerous back office solution vendors to provide complete license lifecycle management.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, is thrilled by the numerous opportunities that CmASIC is opening up for engineering leaders: “Security is not an off-the-shelf product ready for plug&play; it requires in-depth market and technology insights. However, CmASIC genuinely simplifies the security-by-design formula. Our technology has already been implemented successfully by major Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) vendors and by manufacturers of sensors and actuators. With that decision, they have shown how responsive they are in matching current and future market needs.”

news-2334 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:53:03 +0100 Wibu-Systems and Fritz Stephan Focus on Patient Safety and Customer Satisfaction https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-and-fritz-stephan-focus-on-patient-safety-and-customer-satisfaction.html Embedded security and versatile licensing capabilities of CodeMeter: the perfect match for Fritz Stephan’s EVE specialized ventilation systems Embedded security and versatile licensing capabilities of CodeMeter: the perfect match for Fritz Stephan’s EVE specialized ventilation systems

Wibu-Systems, a leading enterprise in the field of secure license lifecycle management, and Fritz Stephan, a world leader in ventilation, anesthesiology, and oxygen supply solutions, have announced the integration of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter licensing and protection technology into Fritz Stephan’s Easy Ventilator Emergency (EVE) devices. CodeMeter protects the company’s intellectual property against counterfeiting and reverse engineering, safeguards its EVE devices from tampering, and enables a convenient, online licensing system for its customers.

Fritz Stephan’s EVE ventilation systems were developed for a very sensitive group of patients that require gentle and non-invasive ventilation therapy. Because of the critical nature of these devices, the company needed to implement security mechanisms for the safety of the patient. To ensure the integrity of the devices, CodeMeter Embedded, a modular runtime for embedded systems, was integrated into the life-saving software of Fritz Stephan, and a unique CodeMeter SD card (CmCard/SD) was built directly into each EVE device. The card holds the encryption keys along with digital signatures, certificates, and entitlement rights securely in a smart card chip. The operator of the ventilation device cannot access this card without physically tampering with the machine, while the maintenance or sales personnel of Fritz Stephan can easily replace them.

Furthermore, Fritz Stephan needed a modular licensing solution that would allow them to implement feature-based licensing and enable easy online updates. With the Internet Edition of CodeMeter License Central, Fritz Stephan has created a scalable licensing model which can easily upsell new licenses to its global customer base and conveniently modify the set of features of its devices over the internet.

Bernd Hoehne, Marketing Manager for Fritz Stephan, said: “We are excited about the success that our EVE family product is experiencing. The software and hardware-based integration of CodeMeter with EVE has allowed our business to expand into new global markets. Our customers appreciate the modular pricing structure we have created, the regular updates of our device software they receive online, and the possibility to upgrade anytime to access new functionalities.”

The integration of CodeMeter into Fritz Stephan’s EVE devices is just one of many successful applications of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter licensing and protection technology in the healthcare industry.

“Just like any other industry, the healthcare sector is going through an unprecedented digital transformation that is changing technology, processes, and business models,” Oliver Winzenried, co-founder and CEO of Wibu-Systems, explains. “We are fully aware of the need for medical device manufacturers to incorporate security measures directly into the design of their devices. The case of Fritz Stephan proves that our CodeMeter technology is ready for facilitating this evolutionary leap forward, even in units that need to comply with the most stringent German regulations for medical devices, like DIN EN 794-3, RTCA DO160F, and DIN EN 80601-2-12. And we are pleased to provide innovative companies like Fritz Stephan with additional measures that ensure patient safety, protect their intellectual property, allow better service for their customers, and expand their global business models.”

news-2321 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:27:48 +0100 Wibu-Systems steals the scene by bringing stronger encryption for Industrie 4.0 to the Hannover Messe 2017 https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-steals-the-scene-by-bringing-stronger-encryption-for-industrie-40-to-the-hannover-mess.html A continuously expanding technology range, cross-site demonstrations, and a hacking contest under the spotlight A continuously expanding technology range, cross-site demonstrations, and a hacking contest under the spotlight

Wibu-Systems, the global leader for secure entitlement management technology for the industrial world, will be presenting a new generation of Industrie 4.0-ready solutions at the Hannover Messe, hall 8, booth D05, from April 24th to 28th. Pursuing its vision of providing Intelligent Device Manufacturers (IDMs) with out-of-the-box tools that can enable digital business models in the industrial realm, Wibu-Systems will offer the next generation of its modular and scalable protection system alongside a new complete lineup of hardware secure elements.

Robustness and flexibility are key in any production environment. CodeMeter, the flagship technology of Wibu-Systems, provides secure key and license storage in a multitude of industry-grade form factors that are tested against EMC regulations, operate in extreme temperature conditions (-40°C to + 85°C for SD, microSD, Compact Flash, and CFast cards, up to -40°C to +105°C for USB dongles, and ASICs), make use of advanced flash memory controllers with patented APIs, adopt conformal coating to resist condensed moisture, and, above all, embed EAL 5+ qualified security controllers for top-of-the-breed encryption, data reliability, and integrity.

The main specialty of Wibu-Systems remains its own protection, licensing, and security technology. CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 upgrades the versatile license management and security features of its predecessor. It supports a plethora of operating systems and platforms, like Intel x86, PPC, ARM, Windows, Linux, Android, VxWorks, and QNX; it interacts with hardware and software-based secure repositories for encryption keys, trust lists, and configuration data, including Trusted Platform Modules of third parties; and it is fully integrated in an ANSI-C OPC UA SDK. Its customizable and always compact size required for embedded and PLC systems as well as its compatibility with the other CodeMeter flavors running on computers, mobile devices, and even microcontrollers make it unique in the market.

Two collective demonstrations will complement this showcase of Wibu-Systems:

  • Wibu-Systems has joined the technology initiative SmartFactoryKL with its mission to turn the concept of Industrie 4.0 into reality and is contributing to a live demonstration system alongside 18 partner companies. In hall 8, booth D20, these vanguard enterprises will demonstrate a flexible transport system centered around a robot platform from which conveyor belts will move goods to three production islands. The automation system will use RFID tag descriptions in accordance with the ISO 15693 standard, OPC UA protocol, and a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to ensure the highest level of standardization in hardware and communication. With CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems will harden B&R technology while staying true to the ultimate goal of standardization.
  • Together with dozens of Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) members, Wibu-Systems will be participating in a security testbed demonstration that will span across the IIC Member Pavilion (Hall 8, booth C24), the Plattform Industrie 4.0 exhibition space, other IIC member’s booths, and even remote locations. The overall goal is to demonstrate “security without borders” in a very heterogeneous landscape. For its part, Wibu-Systems will join the expanded infrastructure with an embroidery machine whose production status data are going to be encrypted with CodeMeter, transmitted over a secure communication channel, and authenticated via digital certificates. Ultimately, this element of the testbed will show how to implement know-how protection and secure key storage in smart manufacturing.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, is looking forward to the next edition of the trade show: “We have exhibited at the Hannover Messe numerous times, but 2017 will be a one-of-a-kind experience. In our press conference in Room Frankfurt on April 24th, at 1 pm, we will reveal the details about a hacking contest that we will be holding to prove the strength and correctness of Blurry Box, a new encryption method we developed with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. With the rise of software as the primary resource for the evolution of technology, the risk of cyberattacks against its availability, confidentiality, and integrity is reaching new heights. Blurry Box offers a more advanced solution to all software developers and is ready to be put to the test in industrial applications as well.”

news-2307 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:53:47 +0100 CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 makes its debut at Embedded World 2017 https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-embedded-20-makes-its-debut-at-embedded-world-2017.html Augmented security and new digital business models for all processor-based devices Augmented security and new digital business models for all processor-based devices

The next generation of CodeMeter Embedded will be introduced by Wibu-Systems at Embedded World, Nuremberg, hall 4, booth 540, 14-16 March. CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 is a runtime environment that supports the complete array of platforms and operating systems intelligent device manufacturers (IDMs) rely upon, including Intel x86, PPC, ARM, Windows, Linux, Android, VxWorks, and QNX. The modular and scalable design enables developers to integrate only the functionality they need and create a software solution with the smallest footprint possible, the highest level of security and the most versatile licensing, all without affecting performance. CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 licenses are fully compatible with their desktop counterpart, so that even complex architectures that include industrial computers, mobile devices, embedded systems, and microcontrollers can benefit from the same core features: software protection, license lifecycle management, and security mechanisms.

CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 will be available for commercial use at the end of the first quarter of 2017 and will include numerous enhancements:

  • Higher performance: A sophisticated use of license information caching in CodeMeter Embedded 2.0, previously available only in the desktop version of the technology, provides rapid access to licenses even in the event of concurrent and simultaneous access from different applications.
  • Multi-Interface support: Extremely small, energy-saving, battery-operated devices also require a special design for the hardware secure elements; besides the more common interfaces for USB dongles, SD, microSD, CF, and CFast cards, CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 supports SPI communications as well as custom made ASICs (CmASICs).
  • OPC UA support: CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 is fully integrated in Unified Automation ANSI-C based OPC UA SDK where it brings an additional security layer to the native protections of the OPC UA standard; cryptographic keys, trust lists, and sensitive license-based configuration files are stored in the smart card controller embedded in all CodeMeter hardware secure elements.
  • TPM support: CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 can also interact with software-based licenses, which can be bound to a Trusted Platform Module in the target system for a higher level of security.

CodeMeter Embedded is unique in the market and builds a bridge between traditional computing and embedded systems by enabling the core secure licensing and integrity protection features on demand. Wibu-Systems‘ professional services team is available to assist original equipment manufacturers in their journey towards a profitable Industrial Internet age.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, explains: "At each industrial trade show where we have showcased our technology, I was confronted with IDMs in need of a reasonable compromise between a modern business model and the restrictions of their development platform. CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 was designed to meet the needs of Industrial Internet manufacturers, provide extreme adaptability to the hardware requirements of the main infrastructure, and offer an advanced entitlement platform that opens the door to a multitude of after-sales models."

news-2304 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:52:53 +0100 Wibu-Systems joins the Chinese Alliance of Industrial Internet https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-joins-the-chinese-alliance-of-industrial-internet.html Wibu-Systems contributes the Sino-German map for Industrie 4.0 with the success story of IECHO Wibu-Systems contributes the Sino-German map for Industrie 4.0 with the success story of IECHO

Wibu-Sytems, the global leader for business monetization through know-how protection and secure software licensing, has joined the Sino-German Industrie 4.0 Project (I4.0 Project), which is aimed at identifying existing Sino-German cooperation projects on intelligent manufacturing and interconnected production processes in China. Already in 2015, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and committed to flanking cooperation projects between companies from China and Germany that support intelligent manufacturing and interconnected production concepts.

Wibu-Systems has an established presence in China, with two local offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Together with Wibu-Systems’ headquarters in Germany, WIBU-SYSTEMS (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is fully engaged in bringing cyber security measures to the forefront of any discussion related to Made in China 2025. This initiative, meant to stimulate a comprehensive upgrade for Chinese industry, drew inspiration from Industrie 4.0 and was launched in 2015. Together, Made in China 2025 and Industrie 4.0 are an integral part of the structural change that is driving our global economies to optimize industrial processes, promote traditional and advanced industries, and introduce innovation, quality, intelligent manufacturing, and green production on a large scale.

For the Sino-German I4.0 map, Wibu-Systems has chosen to highlight its Chinese partner IECHO Science Technology Co., Ltd., a well-known local manufacturer of computer-controlled cutting systems for single and multiple cutting applications and industry leader in pattern design software and vision system.

Industrie 4.0 and intelligent manufacturing require significant investments in research and development, producing highly sensitive know-how and data. Protecting these assets is one of the most important challenges for intelligent manufacturing and one that China has to master in order for German companies to be willing to commit more completely to the Chinese market.

The joint project between Wibu-Systems and IECHO is based on CodeMeter, a technology that safeguards the integrity of production data, be it machine code or configuration parameters. The encryption keys along with digital signatures, certificates, and entitlement rights are safely stored in CmDongles, hardware-based units in the form factor of USB dongles, memory cards, or ASICs that integrate a smart card chip with advanced cryptographic features. The implementation of CodeMeter ensures that the communication occurs only between certified and manufacturer-specific machines, that the vendor’ IP is fully protected, and that production data used in the manufacturing process does not fall prey to hackers.

The two companies are also looking beyond the Sino-German I4.0 Project and cooperating with Chinese organizations, such as the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Alliance Industrial Internet (AII, CAICT), to share the results of their successful cooperation.

news-2295 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:11:57 +0100 Wibu-Systems’ Secure Licensing Technology: Multi-Platform, Multi-Vendor, and Multi-Purpose https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-secure-licensing-technology-multi-platform-multi-vendor-and-multi-purpose.html Securing and Innovating the Industrial Business – The Revolution Continues at the Embedded World Securing and Innovating the Industrial Business – The Revolution Continues at the Embedded World

At Embedded World 2017, hall 4, booth 540, Wibu-Systems will prove how CodeMeter’s protection, licensing, and security technology is serving the embedded system community with the most advanced, modular, and neatly designed architecture available today. Conditions and requirements in the industrial environment are extreme, diverse, and complex. CodeMeter harmonizes this heterogeneous landscape with one unique multi-platform, multi-vendor, and multi-purpose technology. In its constant evolution, CodeMeter offers unparalleled advantages and innovations.

CodeMeter provides a new way of doing business in the IIoT age

In the current transitional phase, hardware is becoming a commodity powered by software features that keep evolving. CodeMeter provides cybersecurity capabilities to intelligent device manufacturers who want to safeguard firmware upgrades and updates, to software publishers that need to protect their intellectual property from counterfeiting and reverse engineering, and to users who want to be sure the software they run is genuine and has not been tampered with. CodeMeter also includes the entitlement aspect, from the creation of licenses, to their online or offline delivery, transfer, or remote management. In doing so, Wibu-Systems supports the migration to a dynamic industrial economy where new license-based business models create additional revenue and responsive pricing models for an unlimited access to the market for all vendors and users.

CodeMeter supports the vastest array of secure elements

A world premiere: Wibu-Systems will show the first samples of CmStick/CM, the ultra-compact, simple, chic and robust USB stick with full metal housing, high performance flash mass memory, USB 3.1 interface, and a System in Package (SIP) module for the USB connector to withstand intense vibrations, high humidity, and temperature fluctuations. In order to meet the most stringent durability and reliability standards for data integrity, this model, just like all other variants in the CodeMeter stick family, will embed the state of the art in its bill of material: the avant-garde SLM97 security controller from Infineon and Hyperstone’s U9 flash controller and their patented hymap® firmware. It will also come with CodeMeter API for the read and write configuration of a secure area in the flash memory.

Industrial architectures often have constraints not just in size, but also in interfaces; that’s why the hardware-based secure elements of CodeMeter also include sticks for vertical assembly on the pcb, secure industry-grade and EMV-certified memory cards (microSD, SD, CF, CFast), and ASICs supplied in 5x5 mm, VQFN-32 packages that are easy to integrate, also thanks to the choice between SPI and USB interface, and able to operate at temperatures ranging from -40° to +105°C. Additionally, Trusted Platform Modules, computer-bound soft containers, user-specific cloud containers, or servers in the LAN or WAN can hold sensitive data protected from cyberattacks.

CodeMeter extends OPC UA security out of the box

Unique in the market: Manufacturers that develop their automation software based on the OPC UA standard can now avail themselves of a hardware-based solution with the seamlessly integrated CodeMeter Embedded via the internal APIs and abstractions of the ANSI C based SDK. Wibu-Systems’ OPC UA Security Extensions consist of a software library and hardware secure elements that become the safe repository for cryptographic keys, software license entitlement details, and sensitive configuration files. In addition to secure storage, Wibu-Systems has added simpler configuration and management functionalities.

news-2209 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:18:43 +0200 Hyperstone inside Wibu-Systems Security Technology https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/hyperstone-inside-wibu-systems-security-technology.html Wibu-Systems implements Hyperstone flash memory controllers in CodeMeter hardware secure elements to offer higher trustworthiness Wibu-Systems implements Hyperstone flash memory controllers in CodeMeter hardware secure elements to offer higher trustworthiness

Wibu-Systems, a leading enterprise in the field of secure license lifecycle management, has integrated Hyperstone’s controllers in all of its hardware secure elements (CmDongles) equipped with flash memory. With an impressive lineup of form factors (microSD, SD, CF, CFast cards, and USB devices), Wibu-Systems has selected Hyperstone’s technology, which is known for meeting the reliability and data integrity demands for NAND flash memory storage devices in ruggedized industrial embedded applications.

For coupling CodeMeter smartcard-chip-based protection, licensing, and security features with NAND flash mass storage, Wibu-Systems takes advantage of Hyperstone’s Application Programming Interface (API), which allows the addition of proprietary firmware extensions to existing Hyperstone firmware. An independently built binary file enables communication between a host system and the basic flash firmware. This so-called Customer Firmware Extension (CFE) can access various features of the existing firmware, ensuring the easy management of its own private data outside the commonly user accessible address space of the storage device. By developing a specific firmware extension, Wibu-Systems is implementing additional secure encryption and license key management features that enhance its CmDongles with flash mass storage and provide the highest level of security. Hyperstone’s controllers are the ideal fit to comply with strong security requirements when protecting sensitive digital assets.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems underlines the value of the ingenious security design: “The excellent cooperation between Hyperstone’s and Wibu-Systems’ competent teams of security experts has made it possible to lead innovative R&D projects Made in Germany. As a result, new ideas were born for security features in industrial applications that were implemented in the latest Hyperstone’s flash memory controllers and immediately deployed for Wibu-Systems’ CmDongle mass storage product line. Hyperstone’s high quality and endurance standards, advanced flash memory management software, and long term component availability, along with Wibu-Systems’ dedication to software and data protection, licensing, and security are a perfect match for IIoT devices and Industrie 4.0 applications, whether it’s about upgrading infrastructure in the brown field or developing a new architecture in the green field.”

“Wibu-Systems is one of our most innovative customers and is using Hyperstone controllers within their CmCard products for interfaces like SD/eMMC, CF and SATA”, states Steffen Allert, VP Sales of Hyperstone. “By integrating our new USB 3.1 controller U9 in their next generation of USB dongles CmStick/M, they will be implanting our complete line-up of interfaces. We appreciate the valuable cooperation with Wibu-Systems and are proud to contribute to their sophisticated security solutions.”


CmDongles are the physical representation of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter secure entitlement system. They embed a smart card chip with a memory area for the secure storage of cryptographic keys and thousands of licenses. The main idea behind CodeMeter is that licenses can be created and monetized for a variety of product variants in a multitude of scalable selling models, even combining licenses of different vendors in the same CmDongle. To achieve the very best intellectual property safeguards against piracy, reverse engineering, and tampering, Wibu-Systems uses a combination of hardware and software factors, including EAL 5+ evaluated smart card controllers that provide protection against side channel attacks and make it practically impossible to access private keys and license data. In addition, sophisticated code encryption mechanisms relying on symmetric and asymmetric algorithms, such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman), and ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) offer software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers an automated process for protecting their applications against cyber-hacking attacks.

Flash Memory Controllers and API

The complete range of Hyperstone’s flash memory controllers with application and flash-specific firmware represents a unique platform for industrial high endurance flash memory storage devices. Support is available for a range of host interfaces, including CompactFlash (CF), SecureDigital (SD), eMMC, SATA, and USB. Together with Hyperstone’s proprietary hyReliability™ firmware, all controllers provide enhanced endurance and data retention management as well as rigorous fail-safe features, all of which are mandatory for industrial embedded applications. Implemented hardware features and special firmware developments enable the highest data retention and refresh mechanisms, even when storage applications are faced with extreme environmental conditions. The integrated AES enables high performance data encryption on-the-fly. A unique ID is available for security applications. Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter concept uses Hyperstone’s flash controller security features. The Hyperstone’s API enables the implementation of unique features and firmware extension, while full ownership of the developed code stays with Wibu-Systems.

news-2200 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:28:11 +0200 DFKI and Wibu-Systems bring "Security for Smart Production" to life in a demonstration at SmartFactoryKL https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/dfki-and-wibu-systems-bring-security-for-smart-production-to-life-in-a-demonstration-at-smartfacto.html Successful implementation of an Industrie 4.0 security framework for intelligent production Successful implementation of an Industrie 4.0 security framework for intelligent production

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) with its Research Department Innovative Factory Systems and Wibu-Systems have developed a holistic security concept for the protection of industrial manufacturers. The S4SmartPro – "Security for Smart Production" – project was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and was completed in only 24 months.

The two teams of experts came together to investigate suitable and effective protection mechanisms for different types of threats and implement a set of system safeguards for the DFKI prototype production line at SmartFactoryKL. The results can be emulated by any stakeholder who wishes to apply Industrie 4.0 standards and make the switch to intelligent production technologies.

From a technical standpoint, RFID readers were adopted for OPC UA-based communications in the key finder prototype production line of SmartFactoryKL. All security-critical private keys were stored in CodeMeter dongles equipped with a smart card chip onboard. Even though proprietary technology was used for secure storage, the OPC UA communication is 100% compliant with the open ISO standards of OPC UA. In addition, relevant production data were signed and stored in the RFID tag for a completely tamperproof concept. An app for tablets was used to verify and authenticate the signatures.

The use of open standards, such as OPC UA, symmetric encryption with AES, asymmetric encryption with ECC, ECIES, and RSA, low cost RFID tags with medium memory capacity as well as standard operating systems for embedded, cyber physical, and cloud-based systems ensures interoperability and enables the implementation of the same set of variables in many different applications.

Professor Dr.-Ing Dr. h.c. Detlef Zuehlke, CEO of SmartFactoryKL and Director of the Research Department Innovative Factory Systems at DFKI, emphasizes the tremendous importance of security for Industrie 4.0: "With Industrie 4.0, the Internet of Things has arrived in factories. In order to take full advantage of tamper-proof cyber-physical production systems, "Security by Design" needs to take central stage in any design phase. This is an important step towards preventing sabotage and espionage."

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems, states: "Industrie 4.0 can only take off if holistic and sustainable security architectures are implemented. The increasing number of networked devices is a magnet for cyber-attackers ready to exploit vulnerabilities and manipulate production processes in order to cause massive damage or seize technical know-how. The opportunity to test preventative measures at SmartFactoryKL delivered great results for all manufacturing vendors."

Further information on the SmartFactoryKL key finder prototype production line: dfki-3036.dfki.de/EN/keyfinder_system.php.

news-2198 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:27:55 +0200 Wibu-Systems takes part in Compamed and the Suppliers Forum https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-takes-part-in-compamed-and-the-suppliers-forum.html Wibu-Systems takes part in Compamed and the Suppliers Forum Wibu-Systems takes part in Compamed and the Suppliers Forum

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