Wibu-Systems Press Releases https://www.wibu.com us Copyright Wibu-Systems Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:22:00 +0100 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:22:00 +0100 TYPO3 news-3423 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:12:39 +0100 Wibu-Systems’ CmStick/BMI makes its official debut at SPS IPC Drives https://www.wibu.com/us/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-cmstickbmi-makes-its-official-debut-at-sps-ipc-drives.html Secure, portable, multi-vendor capable, durable: CmDongles are the all-star in license management Secure, portable, multi-vendor capable, durable: CmDongles are the all-star in license management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

news-2760 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:48:52 +0100 Wibu-Systems Reinvents its Embedded Software Portfolio for Embedded World https://www.wibu.com/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-flexible-software-licensing-models.html Wibu-Systems will exhibit at MD&M West 2018 in Hall E, Booth 976, German Pavilion Wibu-Systems will exhibit at MD&M West 2018 in Hall E, Booth 976, German Pavilion

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

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

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

CodeMeter highlights:

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

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

For example:

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

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

news-2753 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:34:05 +0100 TCG Members Wibu-Systems and Winbond to Highlight the Role of Trusted Computing at Embedded World https://www.wibu.com/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-entitlement-solution-and-best-endpoint-management-solution.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-applications.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.”