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Excellence in Software Protection, Licensing, and Cybersecurity

Excellence in Software Protection, Licensing, and Cybersecurity

Author: Wibu-Systems

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Today, software is the power that moves society. To stay in control over their intellectual property and remain competitive on the market software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers need to integrate top-notch protections against counterfeiting, reverse engineering, and tampering and implement an orchestration of license models that fully respond to the customer’s needs on a global scale. CodeMeter by Wibu-Systems is a comprehensive and award-winning suite of hardware-, software-, and cloud-based solutions that safeguards the technical know-how and enables new business models.
19 Episodes
Marcellus Buchheit, President and CEO of Wibu-Systems USA, spoke with Scott MacKenzie, host of the Industrial Talk podcast, at the Q1 meeting of the Object Management Group in Reston, VA, USA. Marcellus offered interesting insights into subscription-based services, drawing a parallel between consumer-based subscriptions like those presented for products at the Consumer Electronics Show and similar business models in the industrial and medical world. For example, Marcellus pointed out the advantages of a subscription service for an expensive medical device, which allows the healthcare provider to avoid the heavy upfront costs of the system and pay only on a monthly basis or a usage basis. He also noted that it is advantageous for both parties to maintain ongoing engagement to keep the system up and running as it should for the service provider while continuing the revenue stream for the manufacturer.
Marcellus Buchheit, Wibu-Systems USA’s president and CEO, is interviewed by Scott Mackenzie, host of the popular IndustrialTalk podcast series, at the Q4 2022 Industry IoT Consortium (IIC) meeting held in Austin, TX. Marcellus is the co-chair of the IIC’s Trustworthiness Working Group, dedicated to exploring the five aspects of trustworthiness – safety, security, privacy, reliability, and resilience – relevant to IIoT and the IIC's vision of an IIoT ecosystem. In this episode, Marcellus sheds some light on how trust and trustworthiness are crucial elements to ascertain confidence in the proper operation of industrial systems, particularly those that can have detrimental safety and environmental impact on people and society at large if mishandled. The risks and negative consequences are even greater with increasingly networked and connected industries.
As part of the KoMiK research project, over the past three years, practitioners and research partners have worked together to investigate how companies can best select and introduce digital collaboration systems: What preliminary considerations, analyses and introduction steps are useful? And what is the impact of digital communication and collaboration on employees and processes? The introduction of the cooperation systems at WIBU-SYSTEMS AG was successful in any case - but different than planned... In the first part of our LZE Tech Talk on the topic of "ECS introduction", Andrej Krasnik, Head of Development at WIBU-SYSTEMS AG in Karlsruhe, and Dr. Klaus Schmierl, sociologist of work and member of the board at ISF Munich, discuss the tasks and hurdles that arose during the selection and introduction, how these were overcome, and why both productivity and employee satisfaction have increased in the meantime.
This panel discussion was presented at the Industry IoT consortium public event: Real-World Advancements in Digital Transformation on April 12, 2022.  Moderator: Scott MacKenzie, Founder, and Host of Industrial Talk Media Panelists: Marcellus Buchheit, President & CEO at Wibu-Systems USA Inc., Edy Liongosari, Chief Research Scientist at Accenture, Daniel Young, Senior Manager at Toshiba America, and Chaisung Lim, Professor at Konkuk University Digital Transformation (DX) for industry leverages connected things to transform processes and operations to produce better outcomes. It is a process, an endeavor for more efficiency, new business, operational opportunities, and flexibility. During the online discussion, the panelists covered technical aspects, investments, ROI, motivation, best practices, and a lot more.
Baden TV besucht in Karlsruhe den neu eröffneten IT Security Club und zeigt die Co-Working Spaces für Akteure aus dem Bereich IT-Sicherheit. Oliver Winzenried, Vorstand der WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, spricht alle Entwickler aus dem Bereich IT-Sicherheit an: Start-ups, Forschungseinrichtungen oder Abteilungen etablierter Unternehmen. Gerade das enorme Potential durch Netzwerken und Zusammenarbeit zeichnet den IT Security Club aus, so Elke Winzenried, Geschäftsführerin im IT Security Club. Bastian Wieland, Geschäftsführer archis Architekten + Ingenieure GmbH, hat zusammen mit Oliver Winzenried die Idee dafür entwickelt. Das Ziel des IT Security Clubs ist, digitale Souveränität und sicheres digitales Leben durch die entwickelten Lösungen zu erreichen. Jetzt gibt es Räumlichkeiten, damit mehr Innovationen entstehen können und Synergien geschafft werden, betont Nathalie Wieland, Geschäftsführerin IT Security Club. Die Mieter des All-Inklusive-Pakets können einfach kommen, ihr Laptop anschließen und loslegen. Besondere Unterstützung bietet die Innovationsmanagerin Dr. Tamara Högler, denn sie unterstützt bei der Suche nach Innovationsmöglichkeiten, Kooperationspartner und Co-Finanzierung. Sowohl die Mieter als auch Externe können einen Jahresbeitrag bezahlen und ihre Dienstleistungen in Anspruch nehmen.
Oliver Winzenried, Vorstand der WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, und Bastian Wieland, Geschäftsführer archis Architekten + Ingenieure GmbH, haben den IT Security Club in Karlsruhe ins Leben gerufen. Baden TV ist vor Ort und hat mit verschiedenen Repräsentanten aus Karlsruhe gesprochen. Seit 50 Jahren ist Karlsruhe eine Pionierregion für IT-Entwicklungen, so Dr. Frank Mentrup, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Karlsruhe. Der IT Security Club ist ein schönes Sprungbrett für Start-ups, um mit der Entwicklung zu beginnen, sich zu vernetzen und dann ein marktfähiges Produkt anbieten zu können. David Hermanns, Geschäftsführer CyberForum, sieht Wibu-Systems als ein Ankerunternehmen. Mit dem CyberLab werden Unternehmen aus dem Bereich IT-Sicherheit während der Gründungsphase unterstützt und danach können sie im IT Security Club ihre nächsten Schritte gehen. Professor Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade, Leiter Kryptographie und Sicherheit am KIT (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie), stellt fest, dass IT-Sicherheit wichtig für Unternehmen ist, die sich bisher nicht mit diesem Thema befasst haben, und dass IT-Sicherheit ein kreatives Moment hat, denn man muss manchmal wie ein Angreifer denken. Eine Begegnungsstätte wie dieser Club bietet exzellente Chancen. Dirk Fox, Initiator KA-IT-Si und Geschäftsführer Secorvo Security Consulting GmbH, betont die lange Tradition von IT-Sicherheit in Karlsruhe, denn bereits in den 1980er Jahren wurde der erste Lehrstuhl für IT-Sicherheit in Karlsruhe gegründet und blickt auch in die Zukunft. Es gibt die Chance, dass der IT Security Club einen Schub erzeugt und dass Firmen entstehen, die IT-Security in Deutschland gestalten werden. Im CyberForum konnte die Innovationsmanagerin Dr. Tamara Högler bereits acht Jahre Erfahrung gewinnen, denn sie hatte damals proaktiv Kooperationspartner zusammengebracht und sowohl bei Projektanträgen und der finanziellen Unterstützung an Innovationsvorhaben gearbeitet, was jetzt eine besondere Dienstleistung des IT Security Clubs angeboten wird.
Direkt neben seiner neuen Unternehmenszentrale in Karlsruhe hat Wibu-Systems, Experte für Schutz und Lizenzierung von Software, auch das House of IT Security errichten lassen. Es dient als Heimat des IT Security Clubs,  der als Innovationsnetzwerk Unternehmen und Institute innerhalb und außerhalb der Region für Projekte und Wissenstransfer zusammenführen soll. Was es damit genau auf sich hat, beschreibt Oliver Winzenried im Interview. Interview mit Andreas Knoll
Original source: Additive Talks by 3D Adept Media Host: Kety Sindze, 3D Adept Media Guests:  Brede Loerum, Head of the AM Centre of Excellence at Equinor Klas Solberg, Engineer at the Department of Technology and Testing at DNV Alvaro Forero, Security Expert and Team Leader of the Product Security Incident Response Team at Wibu-Systems Additive manufacturing has arrived with a bang. Technological advances have turned 3D printing from a niche pursuit and vague commercial vision for a far-off future into a genuinely disruptive force for modern industry today. The technology’s ability to liberate manufacturers from the constraints of restrictive machine designs, with fixed functionalities and reliance on expensive tools for long production runs, has made the idea of manufacturing-as-a-service a realistic business option for aspiring and established manufacturers alike. Additive Talks is a novel format for sharing expertise in the field: Individual sessions, each dedicated to a specific aspect or challenge for additive manufacturing as a technology  and business, promise to bring thought-provoking insights to a wider audience. Listen to the experts to find out how smart protection and licensing solutions like Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology can overcome the IP security concerns inherent in a business where the people making the products are not necessarily the people owning the IP to them. In a truly free market for manufacturing services, digital data and designs are an invaluable currency, and it will be the providers that can guarantee its  security that will benefit most from the creative monetization potential of this new way of doing business: Greater trust equals more  customers equals greater success.
(German only) Credits: Karlsruhe is living up to the hype as Germany’s high-tech hub: At the Innovation Festival 2021, a carefully curated panel of high-profile speakers presented 13 specially selected innovations. The event was introduced by Peter Weibel, Director of the ZKM, and Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Germany, and was a perfect opportunity to discover more about the vibrant IT community of the city.  As leading IT security innovators and committed ambassadors for Karlsruhe, Wibu-Systems was proud to be part of the InnovationFestival. Oliver Winzenried, our CEO and founder, was joined by Bastian Wieland, Managing Partner at archis Architekten, to speak about the newest developments – commercial, technical, and architectural – at Wibu-Systems. Their talk on “IT Security Innovation through Co-operation” took a closer look at the conceptual thinking and principles of co-operation behind the new co-working and co-innovation space IT Security Club as well as the highlights from Wibu-Systems’ own labs: the cloud-based protection and licensing system CmCloud and the Blurry Box encryption technology.
Excerpt from the talk of Guenther Fischer, Wibu-Systems' Sr. Consultant, Licensing and Protection, at SD Association Global Workshop Europe 2021 This live event was designed to educate leading European technology vendors about SD frameworks and specifications, market trends in a very competitive ecosystem, and memory card security best practices. The SD Association featured presentations from some of its members - Smile Electronics, Tuxera, Western Digital, and Wibu-Systems. In our segment, we illustrated how hardware containers for software licenses include not just the traditional USB dongles, but also ASIC chips and memory cards in different form factors, including SD cards, microSD cards, and CFast cards. We covered their design and the security components that were added for this specific scope and showed a number of success stories; companies like Rockwell Automation / Allen Bradley, Rohde & Schwarz, Maroxx, Fritz Stephan, and Metrohm are using them in all sorts of application fields, ranging from industrial contexts, to gambling, medicine and life science.
original source: Industry IoT Consortium's Brighttalk channel At Wibu-Systems, we are committed to staying at the forefront of developments in the IT security field. This is why we are particularly proud that one of our company’s founders, Marcellus Buchheit, was chosen to be a co-chair of the Industry IoT Consortium’s Trustworthiness Task  Group. The task group was set up to take charge of one of the most pressing issues in modern connected industry: the trustworthiness of digital systems. On 15 July, the efforts of the group members were rewarded with the publication of a foundational new document, the IIoT Trustworthiness Framework Foundations, in which they outline the five essential qualities of trustworthiness − safety, security, privacy, reliability, and resilience − and what they mean in practice. To accompany their publication, the Trustworthiness Task Group has reassembled its co-authors for a special panel discussion. Hear directly from Fredrick Hirsch, Bob Martin, Mitch Tseng, and Marcellus Buchheit why trustworthiness matters, what systems need to be considered safe, secure, private, reliable, and resilient, and what this can mean for the future of the industry.
original source: Brilliance Security Magazine Podcast The panel for this episode is made up of Karen Quatromoni, the  Director of PR at Object Management Group, and three co-chairs of the Trustworthiness Task Group for the Industry IoT Consortium; they are Marcellus Buchheit - Co-founder of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, President and CEO of WIBU-SYSTEMS USA Frederick Hirsch - An independent consultant in the area of trustworthiness and security Bob Martin - Leads the supply chain and security efforts within MITRE, a non-profit organization that runs federally funded research and  development centers. We discuss the business need and context for trustworthiness and how it relates to safety and security, what a trustworthy supply chain means  and how companies can gain assurance of trustworthiness from their downstream partners, IICs Trustworthiness Framework, and more. Please join us for this informative and relevant conversation around trustworthiness, safety, and security.
Excerpt from an interview by the Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg Host: Lukas Schleicher, Allianz Industrie 4.0 Guest: Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Founder, WIBU-SYSTEMS AG Intellectual property is increasing with the exponential growth of digital transformation. The IP relates not just to finished products, but also to all the technical know-how that is created in beforehand and often protected by legal means. In the mechanical industry, it used to be that hardware played the biggest role; with the advent of software though, new business models have emerged where after-sale on-demand features can be activated or disabled real-time. Encryption against copy and reverse engineering and versatile licensing become key elements of the new digital economy.
original source: The Industrial Security Podcast, Waterfall Security Solutions Marco Blume, Product Manager for Embedded Technologies at Wibu-Systems introduces discrete manufacturing and explores how intellectual property protection, safety, and cybersecurity work in that vertical and others.
ArtiMinds Robotics specializes in the development and sales of software used to standardize workflows for industrial automation using advanced robotics. Already in their spinoff phase, they developed groundbreaking algorithmic technology and are now embracing Artificial Intelligence more and more to program remarkably complex robotic systems. The considerable value of their digital assets is not, however, just a source of significant revenue, but also an invitation to reverse engineering and piracy attacks. To safeguard against these threats even before going to market, ArtiMinds initially selected hardware-based protections, but soon moved on to apply the full license management and IPR protection features that only CodeMeter can deliver.
An interview with David Paine, Wibu-Systems' Product Manager CodeMeter Cloud Ready to bring your software to market? It used to be a choice between a hardware- or a software-based licensing solution. CodeMeter Cloud offers the ultimate technology for extremely flexible licensing in the cloud. If you need uncompromising security and portability to empower your customers to access and use licenses at different sites, then CodeMeter Cloud is the way to go. The only thing you need is an Internet connection. High performance hosting, load balancing, high availability, redundancy and easy scalability of the infrastructure are all included in the Wibu-Systems service level agreement. With CmCloud, you can check the validity of your licenses even on a second-by-second basis, and revoke them immediately if the supply conditions are no longer met.
A collaborative research effort between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the FZI Research Center, and Wibu-Systems resulted in the invention of the revolutionary Blurry Box encryption technology and the first prize for the 5th high profile German IT Security Award. Since then, the strength of Blurry Box encryption method was validated when more than 300 hackers were unable to crack the encryption scheme in a global hacking contest. We are now pleased that Blurry Box has been integrated into our standard CodeMeter Protection Suite, providing our customers with the ultimate in software protection. In this interview, Joern Mueller-Quade, Director FZI and Professor KIT, provides a brief explanation of the theory behind Blurry Box technology and how the research and corporate partners worked together to develop a high-value software protection solution for the benefit of the global software industry. Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, follows with a glimpse into Wibu-Systems’ future collaborative research efforts.
An interview with Frank Felten, Vice President PTV Group and Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Founder, Wibu-Systems on the value of software protection and software licensing to protect digital assets, consolidate and grow markets worldwide, and in essence monetize years of research and development. PTV Group, who owns the world’s leading technology to plan and optimize the movement of people and goods, is leveraging the full flexibility of CodeMeter - Wibu-Systems core technology for software protection, licensing, and security - from the use of different license containers all leading to the same standardized backend process, to versatile licensing to cope with a complex pricing system, and its robust IP anti-hacking protection.
Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, explains CodeMeter's unique traits.  We believe in six core values that are shaping the business of independent software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers and that are fully embodied by CodeMeter, our technology for protecting, licensing, and securing the know-how of our digital age, embodies all of our values:  uniformity comprehensiveness robustness simplicity uniqueness continuity
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