Wibu-Systems Press Releases https://www.wibu.com us Copyright Wibu-Systems Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:22:25 +0200 Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:22:25 +0200 TYPO3 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The main highlight features of CmStick/CM include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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