Wibu-Systems joins Trusted Computing Group

To strengthen the use of Trusted Platform Modules for secure licensing, Wibu-Systems has now joined the Trusted Computing Group. Wibu-Systems Presents IoT Protection at the SAE World Congress 2016.

To help manufacturers make more flexible use of CodeMeter technology, Wibu-Systems has joined the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) , an industry-led standardization organization that develops an open standard for trusted computing platforms. CodeMeter has been enhanced to complement the existing forms of protection hardware with Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) for secure software licensing.

At this week’s SAE World Congress, TCG members will present solutions for the Automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) at the TechHub on April 14th. For both applications, Wibu-Systems uses the Infineon Optiga TPM and demonstrates how to protect software integrity in cyber attacks and secure intellectual property. Already during the RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco, WibuSystems presented the protection possibilities in the “IP Protection and Flexible Licensing Applied to TPM Connected Devices” demonstration as part of the “Securing the Internet of Things with Trusted Computing” initiative.

The TPM extension provides manufacturers with even more flexibility in using CodeMeter protection technology: Numerous hardware platforms such as PCs, mobile devices, embedded systems, controllers, and microcontrollers can be used as a secure element for license and key storage either CodeMeter dongles or memory cards, TPMs, use the cloud or software-based files. The solution is fully integrated on common office operating systems and industrial systems.

Attackers often try to understand the software through reverse engineering, then create counterfeit products, steal or fake valuable information, and sabotage or espionage. Especially with embedded systems, attacks are serious and dangerous, as the latest attacks on safety-critical vehicle parts have shown. CodeMeter protects the code and the licenses that are bound to the target system by means of a secure element, so that they only work on it. Generating and rolling out licenses can be seamlessly integrated into existing business processes, such as ERP systems or e-commerce solutions. This will allow new business models for IoT devices and other smart devices, such as the sale of additional features or pay-per-use licenses.

“Our goal is to support a variety of secure elements on networked devices. With the support of TCG specifications, software licensing is realized for all TPM 2.0 users, enabling new business opportunities and driving secure software monetization in the IoT world. CodeMeter, recently nominated as a finalist for the SIIA CODiE Award in the ‘Best Content Rights & Entitlement Solution’ category, can be integrated into existing architectures and offers the opportunity for revenue growth with lean integration and low memory and processor requirements, “explains Oliver Winzenried, board member and co-founder of Wibu-Systems.

“We are pleased that Wibu-Systems is participating in the TCG and that CodeMeter supports TPM,” explains Mark Schiller, Managing Director of the Trusted Computing Group. “The ability to protect code and intellectual property is a key benefit of using TPM in many enterprise, embedded and IoT environments.”

TCG is a nonprofit organization that develops, defines and promotes open, vendor-independent, global industry standards and supports hardware-based trust anchors for interoperable trusted computing platforms, including embedded systems and IoT. The industry standard (ISO) TPM specification

is used in an estimated billions of endpoints. Other TCG specifications for secure networks and self-encrypting drives are implemented in the products of thousands of manufacturers.

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