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Automatic License Updates: Usership and Usability
The manufacturers who will still be holding the reins in tomorrow’s markets are the ones who are first to understand that the product ownership era is coming to an end, to transition from products to services, to rethink their entire supply chain from a radically new perspective, to implement newer licensing models and enable license updates transparently in the background when the software is started, without the customer having to take any additional action other than placing the purchase order.
Virtual environments have become the norm for quality assurance purposes, the deployment of complex software, training, or just regular business as they cut bottom-line costs while allowing you to run the software in a clear and reliable environment. However, virtualization exposes ISVs to additional software protection and licensing threats. With CodeMeter, you have the tools and methods you need to safeguard your IP, no matter which virtual environment configuration you and your customers prefer.
With HTML5 applications and environments, easy-to-deploy frameworks like Electron and node.js, and Docker containers, languages that used to be confined to the online world are becoming the focus of on-premise applications alike. Similarly, the technological barrier between cloud, edge and on-premise applications is becoming increasingly blurred. This change creates new conditions for software protection and licensing that CodeMeter Runtime, CodeMeter Protection Suite, CodeMeter Core API, and CodeMeter Cloud Lite address with unique strategies.
Intellectual property can come in all shapes and sizes, spanning from algorithms mapped in software to sensitive documents or data made available to service technicians for their maintenance work. If your IP is stolen, you can always sue later on, but prevention is better than cure. With CodeMeter Protection Suite, Wibu-Systems provides a whole battery of IP protection tools that you can integrate quickly and easily into your software. These tools are tailored to suit the specificities of the development environments and target platforms used.
IP Protection for Device and Machine Manufacturers
With the digital transformation underway, know-how piracy no longer affects traditional office software developers alone, but entire sectors of industry, from automation to the healthcare business or from critical public infrastructure to the financial world. It is paramount to assess the technical and digital resources that represent the IP of the company and safeguard them with appropriate and effective measures like encryption, authentication verification, and integrity protection in combination with secure elements aimed at safeguarding the “secrets”.
Your Migration Map to a Comprehensive Protection and Licensing System
ISVs usually migrate to a new secure licensing technology in response to the more complex protection and/or licensing needs they have to confront with. Choosing a mature, interoperable, comprehensive, and widely adopted technology, developed independently by a fully dedicated vendor, makes even more sense when ISVs want more solid ground to stand on when they reach for higher sales goals. An array of use cases and associated migration approaches will help you realize whether you are ready to leapfrog into the future of license and entitlement management.
When you invest in Siemens TIA Portal®, you also want to safeguard your applications for Siemens PLC and HMI with a higher gear. CodeMeter License Central is the gateway between CodeMeter Keyring Password Manager (the user, password, and entitlement management tool) and CodeMeter Keyring for TIA Portal Password Provider (the component that bridges CodeMeter with the TIA Portal). You can then assign clear roles to your team members, protect the IP of your projects, and control user access with a hardware-based solution: CmDongle.
For more than 30 years, dongles have been an effective choice for software protection. What software developers like about them is the great protection they offer against hackers, coming at comparatively low costs for them. Users, on the other hand, enjoy their portability and the option of using their licenses on the go and offline. But CmDongles have also one feature that beats one key weakness of typical dongle solutions in many industries and use cases: they are multivendor-capable.
The integration of CodeMeter License Central with SAP, the world champion business suite, offers a significant advancement in back office performance. License lifecycle management and entitlement are incorporated within the existing workflow. The ERP system is enriched with automatic features for generating license codes, transmitting them to the user, and tracking their activation.
Java is everywhere and risks are lurking at every corner of the Java journey. To circumnavigate them, AxProtector Java comes with the ability to automatically encrypt the Java Byte Code. It can only be decrypted on the fly during loading and before the JVM springs into action, and only if the right license is available. No decrypted Byte Code will find its way onto the hardware during the entire process. And all hardware and software-based CodeMeter license containers are supported.
.NET Standard provides a specification for the .NET APIs that simplifies interoperability and compatibility between different .NET environments, making it easier for developers to implement their applications or migrate from one platform to another. AxProtector .NET is able to protect .NET applications using the entire .NET Framework. In particular, the AxProtector .NET Standard flavor can protect .NET Standard 2.0 applications, including .NET Core 2.0 and applications for Mono 5.4.
Making your everyday life easier with license automation
Automating license and entitlement management with CodeMeter License Central can free up your time, provide a reliable source of alerts for you to intervene in person when you have to, and allow you to customize the widest array of factors possible to meet all your customers’ needs. You’ll be in charge of the tolerance levels your users are entitled to, you’ll be the initiator of single or multiple tasks, you’ll be able to monitor the complete gamut of activities, and you can change the course of action at any time.
Whether your software is under the attack of a hacker or you are being cheated by a customer, or your clients are experiencing technical issues with their machines or have lost one of your dongles, CodeMeter offers the unique ability in the global market to lock licenses down. CodeMeter Protection Suite, CodeMeter License Central, and CodeMeter API are ready to come to your rescue. The settings include enablement, disablement, and deferred feature activation.
The means of protection need to be appropriate for the value and appeal of your software. With CodeMeter AxProtector, you can safeguard your compiled applications against automatic hacking. IxProtector and Core API increase security even more. However, it’s only with CodeMoving, that you reach optimal protection: by moving essential code into a CmDongle for execution, it keeps it far away from the prying eyes of would-be hackers.
Your interconnected devices are only as strong as the weakest link. Choosing a connectivity solution without a robust security framework will leave your data and the system that supports it exposed and vulnerable. The solution? Applying the security-related benefits described in the IIC publications Industrial Internet Reference Architecture, Industrial Internet Security Framework, and Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework.
Setting the foundations for a new generation of knowledgeable buyers
Students are the workforce and the buyers of tomorrow. A solid long-term business plan for an ISV should include an investment in a positive relationship with academia. CodeMeter EduPortal is a tailored version of the license portal that addresses the needs of higher education institutions, distinguishes between faculty staff and students, and provides user registration and verification, license creation, delivery, and activation capabilities.
Streamlining licensing migration from 3rd party systems
Over the years, the evolving needs of your business and your customer base are pretty likely to outgrow the structure of the licensing system you originally put in place; Custom Licensing Adapter is your key reference point when it comes to interfacing your legacy licensing system with CodeMeter License Central, optimizing your license and entitlement processes, and creating a future-proof sales model.
Monetizing Software, Machines, and Materials with New Business Models
Pay-per-use licensing schemes build a high level of trust with customers, allowing them to pay on the go for the machine lease, the consumables, the raw material, or the software package they specifically requested, at the time they really need it. By introducing this model gradually alongside existing systems, the lower initial revenues are more than compensated for as the relationship with your customers deepens.
New Paths to Monetization with the Convergence of Online and Offline Licensing
As licensing in the cloud becomes a popular trend, CodeMeter has something unique to offer in the global market; by staying true to our principles of uniformity, comprehensiveness, simplicity, uniqueness, and continuity, we have created a cloud licensing solution that perfectly serves gradual or full migrations of your customers from offline to online and still provides the same seamless user experience you are already used to.
The Effort Performance Relationship in Software Protection
For the optimal protection of your software, the code should be split into individual parts and dynamically reassembled at runtime. AxProtector .NET and AxProtector Java take care of this operation automatically for you. With native applications and libraries that are protected with AxProtector, Translocated Execution enters the scene and inserts automatic decryption routines into your application.
The entitlement and disablement of functionalities, disablement of complete licenses, automatic updating of license checkpoints, and automatic renewals of subscriptions after payment or of maintenance contracts are just some use cases you may come across when changing a license in the field. Our Software Activation Wizard is your best ally for a greater user experience.
CodeMeter License Central and its CodeMeter Cloud Lite extension provide a simple and streamlined way to use licenses directly in the cloud. Real-life projects focusing on user licensing on two devices, online license requests for service technicians, and mixed on-premise and cloud licensing will allow you to create effective and customized cloud licensing architectures.
Protecting the intellectual property associated with digital assets that come in a form other than software applications requires a different approach and dedicated tools. While CodeMeter Protection Suite protects software against illicit actions, SmartShelter|PDF, SmartShelter|SDL, and CodeMeter Core API are here to protect and license your digital documents.
Dominating Industrie 4.0 with Secure Software Licensing
The key element of the new CodeMeter Embedded 2.0 is compatibility: Compatibility with any embedded system platform and operating system, the complete array of Wibu-Systems’ hardware and software secure elements, and all the core elements of CodeMeter technology: CodeMeter Runtime, CodeMeter Protection Suite, and CodeMeter License Central.
Secure endpoints, namely devices that employ both computation and communications resources and expose functional capabilities, are your first line of defense against cyberattacks. The Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF) outlines the fifteen attack points for IIoT endpoints and the presentation covers real-world customer use cases too.
OPC UA Security: Native and Add-On Solutions for the Rise of Smart Factories
OPC UA is a multi-platform, plug & play Information Exchange Standard for industrial smart automation and cloud networking that is facilitating the convergence of OT and IT. CodeMeter Embedded fully supports the OPC UA defined Security Profiles and configurations and provides even stronger security for modern M2M communications.
Reconcile simplicity and sophistication with the Nested Items option of CodeMeter License Central. A great help for designing your licensing business model to handle software functions separately and deliver scalable packages that grow in features and investment as needed. Meet higher revenue goals and surprise customers with tailored offerings.
In order to prevent a hacking attack, you need to think like a hacker and go beyond textbook cryptography. Planting perfectly crafted mines in the code is the ultimate means to vanquish perpetrators who are ready to disguise and deceive to penetrate the secrets of your code, reverse engineer it, and create pirate copies.
The License Portal – A Golden Pot of Opportunities
The license portal is the turning point of the entire license lifecycle management system, as it couples expectations and requirements of end users and ISVs. With a neatly branded interface, integration with third party systems, and a few custom touches, it becomes an efficient communication channel for an elegant and profitable entitlement process.
The loss of IP can cost companies millions or even jeopardize their actual presence in the market. Hardware secure elements are the vital backbone of cyber security. They include dongles, memory cards, ASICs, and TPMs. As part of a cybersecurity initiative of TCG, Infineon and WIBU are outlining a complete IP protection and licensing process for a thriving business in the IoT age.
License and maintenance subscription models have become the cash cows in software sales as they provide complete flexibility to both the vendor and the end user. CodeMeter features ease of use for the subscription workflow and the user’s interface, automatic renewal capabilities, customization options, and a lean interface to back office systems.
The new generation of CodeMeter is a goldmine of opportunities for ISVs and their users. Enriched with augmented automation capabilities and new flexibility, the secure distribution of software enters a new phase: Core features, the integration in the software, and the integration in back office processes have all been supplemented with unique features for the world market.
The surge of smart factories is reshaping the very essence of industrial manufacturing. The security implications in terms of data, communication, and company assets are enormous. The Industrial Internet Consortium is bringing together the world's industrial powerhouses to provide reference guidelines that integrate perfectly with Wibu-Systems' security recommendations.
Ready to create an unbeatable licensing map to revitalize your sales and offer user's convenience? CodeMeter License Central 2.20 increases your productivity and reduces the time impact of your operations. With the configuration of transferrable licenses, the bundling of products and a complete redesign of WebDepot and Gateway, you can level up your offerings and outperform your clients' expectations.
License deployment can take many different forms depending on environmental circumstances. It can be as straightforward as an activation on the license server for the networked users to use and monitor their license immediately. But license transfer can also be as easy as clicking ‘Borrow' even when you have no VPN connection or wish to continue working on your project from your home office.
The Industrial Internet is a massive game changer with its commercial value estimated at $33 trillion. Ruggedized environments are often characterized by substantial swings in temperature, humidity, and vibrations. CodeMeter hardware secure elements have been fully redesigned to provide utmost reliability. Industrial grade fail-safe embedded flash memory is introduced as one of the core components.
Certificates for Authenticity, Authentication or both?
Introducing the fundamentals of certificate-based technology and its relevance for software protection, licensing, and security. A journey from essential elements, to security requirements and applications, in order to master certificate usage, implement software authenticity, enforce user authentication, ensure integrity, and control access rights management.
Embedded Security and the Internet of Things - challenges, trends, solutions.
Embedded Security and the Internet of Things - challenges, trends, solutions Cisco forecasts that there will be 50 billion connected devices on the planet by 2020, spanning everything from entertainment and information to the industrial and medical markets. The benefits are obvious. The risks are significant, and could have catastrophic consequences. For the Internet of Things, security is a major issue with many dimensions.
The choice for the most convenient, secure and effective hosting solution should never be underestimated in terms of its setup, operation, and maintenance. Wibu-Systems offers a wide array of competitive hosting services for your CodeMeter License Central that include the latest licensing system updates, patches, and features.
The introduction of CodeMeter µEmbedded extends the security features of CodeMeter to Programmable Logic Controllers and microcontrollers. The additional integration with the XMC4000 industrial microcontroller family made by Infineon Technologies offers software developers that are predominantly active in the field of automation the ability to protect and license their application code.
Salesforce is used by a growing number of ISVs to associate customers with the software licenses they purchase. CodeMeter License Central comes in handy when trying to expedite license deployment. This session offers the opportunity to step into the ISV’s and the user’s shoes, observe how the solution is integrated and watch the entire activation process in action.
Enabling Embedded Security for the Internet of Things
Security Profile for VxWorks 7 integrates CodeMeter technology, providing its complete range of hardware- and software-based capabilities for IoT applications supported by RTOS. In particular, it offers secure boot, a secure runtime loader, advanced user management, network security and encrypted containers, with the option to seamlessly upgrade to Wibu-Systems' hardware solutions.
There can be no software development without encryption. With CodeMeter APIs, you can select the most suitable protection vessel for your license, but then you still need to know the basics of cryptography. This master class covers HASH functions, symmetric and asymmetric encryption to help you build strong safeguards for today and tomorrow.
In cooperation with Avangate, Wibu-Systems has fully streamlined its protection and licensing technologies with one of the leading cloud commerce solutions. A comprehensive framework, complete with license deployment and automatic billing features, is now available at your fingertips for you to reach the millions of potential customers around the globe.
AxProtector exposed - Integrity protection of a modular application
With AxProtector, CodeMeter module for program code encryption, ISVs can protect their modular applications to meet the expectations in both security and convenience. Beginning with a prevention analysis, we take a closer look at the most effective integrity protection techniques used to detecting and responding to tampering attacks.
Masterful customization of your license activation process
With CodeMeter License Central and WebDepot you can be the true architect of your license management system. A smart interface will guide you through the setup of the online and/or offline activation process, the customization of the graphic user interface and the activation of advanced functionalities, like License Overviews or Trial Versions.
A professional approach to data security in the cloud
With CodeMeter you can have an heterogeneous framework where licenses are stored on hardware devices, secure files, or in the cloud. But all of the advantages of SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vanish if you do not have a clear path for implementing and monitoring your application data security.
The partnership between 3S-Systems and Wibu-Systems was born out of the demand for IP protection against reverse engineering and copy protection against counterfeiting attempts. Discover the various technological levels involved in the complete integration of CodeMeter with CODESYS.
Given the increasing number of hacking attempts, it is essential to not just implement code protection measures, but also to execute them optimally. Independent Software Vendors and Original Equipment Manufacturers can learn about best-in-class practices, tricks of the trade, and helpful and traps to protect their intellectual and business assets.
Secure license management at the heart of embedded systems and integrity protection
As cyberphysical systems are introduced in manufacturing, security and safety become vulnerable to cyberattacks on embedded software, machines, or entire production plants. Hear the success stories to learn how CodeMeter can safeguard intellectual property, reinvestments in research and development, and even jobs.
A customer centric view of best practices in software monetization
Software monetization is the key strategy to expand your top-line revenues while controlling bottom-line costs. We unveil the 3 S’s of Wibu-Systems: seamless, secure, and scalable technology. Learn about real business use cases that you can apply to increase the strength of your application and multiply your licensing models.