Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Deutsche Bahn and NXP Strengthens Touch&Travel

Deutsche Bahn and NXP Semiconductors N.V. will continue to work together on "Touch&Travel" mobile ticketing scheme in all public transport in Germany. "Touch&Travel" system has started as a pilot project in Germany since 2008, and now both the companies are trying to introduce the system in the market. The scheme is contactless NFC-based and will enable riders get e-tickets based on NFC-enabled mobile phones.

"Touch&Travel" mobile ticketing scheme features low infrastructure cost, fast and easy e-ticketing availability and helps passengers conveniently purchase tickets by bringing their mobile phone close to the "Touch&Travel" Touchpoints. Data is securely transmitted through the existing mobile phone network and payment for travel is done. The fare is calculated automatically and billing is done on an everyday basis.

INSIDE Secure Licenses Advanced ARM SecurCorE Technology

INSIDE Secure today announced their intention to provide 32-bit secure processor solutions based on the industry-leading ARM architecture. Under the terms of a licensing agreement with ARM, INSIDE can now utilize the ARM SecurCore SC300 processor for its next generation of secure payments, digital security and NFC solutions.

"This new partnership provides continuity with and expands upon the ARM IP license INSIDE inherited when it acquired the Secure Microcontroller Solutions business from Atmel last year," said Christian Fleutelot, executive vice president, digital security and general manager, VaultIC at INSIDE Secure. "ARM is an important partner for INSIDE, and with this licensing agreement we now have a greater opportunity to apply the latest ARM SecurCore technology wherever appropriate across our entire product portfolio."

According to Fleutelot, licensing the ARM SecurCore 32-bit processor family IP offers INSIDE easy access to the small die size, energy efficiency, low cost, excellent code density and outstanding performance of the ARM SecurCore 32-bit technology.

"This agreement further underscores the continuing market momentum we have achieved with our 32-bit SecurCore technology as embedded smart card and other technologies migrate to a variety of mobile devices for payment, transit and other secure applications," said Haydn Povey, director of product marketing, processor division, ARM. "We are confident that the combination of the performance, size and power efficiency benefits of our SecurCore technology, with INSIDE's expertise in secure contactless, contact, embedded and NFC technologies, will result in the development of a broad range of innovative, high-performance secure devices."

DARPA Spends $20 Million on Homomorphic Encryption

USA's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has given $5 million to R&D provider Galois Inc, to enhance the performance of an algorithm - Homomorphic encryption that could make cloud computing more secure. DARPA helps in the development of new technology for use by the US military.

The goal of the project is to speed up the algorithm by a factor of 10 million, which is not an easy task. The work is part of a larger $20 million project called Programming Computation on Encrypted Data or PROCEED.

Homomorphic encryption allows people to perform operations on the data without having to decrypt it. This popular type of encryption allows storing data securely in the cloud and allows cloud-based computers to process it without the fear of information leaked out.

Homomorphic encryption also secures voting systems that can sum the votes without have access to them or knowing the final result and search engines that can find results without having access to decrypted data.

Two years ago IBM researcher Craig Gentry worked out how to perform homomorphic encryption. Mr. Gentry was awarded the 2010 ACM Grace Hopper award for his initial work on homomorphic encryption.

80 Students' Details Found In Campus Skip

The Norwich City College breached the Data Protection Act by dumping sensitive personal information of around 80 students in a campus skip, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said yesterday.

The college reported the incident to the ICO in February 2011. The students' files, some of which included sensitive medical details, were found in unsecured bin bags ready for disposal. This was the second time the college violated the Data Protection Act in this manner.

The ICO's investigation found that although Norwich City College had adequate policies and procedures in place about handling of personal information, the institution did not train their waste collection, storage and disposal staff about the Act.

Acting Head of Enforcement, Sally-Anne Poole said: "From the moment personal information is collected to the time it is securely destroyed, organisations have a legal responsibility to abide by the principles of the Data Protection Act". However, Sally-Anne Poole was pleased to see Norwich City College agreeing to take steps in preventing any such future occurrence of data breach within their premise.

UK Organisations' Topmost Fear is Organised Cyber Crime: IronKey Research

IronKey, the leading data secure and online access firm, has published its survey conducted on the IT security professionals working at UK based organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group, Siemens, HP, Fujitsu, Worcester County Council and Cleveland Police.

The survey found that while 31 percent professionals are fearful of least one cyber attack in the last 12 months, 45 percent believes their organisation is a prime target of organised cyber crime which could result in data or money theft. When asked about the significant information security threat facing their organisation today, 54 percent of respondents stated accidental data leakage by staff, contractors or vendors as the biggest threat.

Dave Jevans, founder and chairman of IronKey and the Anti-Phishing Working Group said: "Unfortunately the results of our research don't really come as a shock, as the past 12 months have seen some of the biggest and most successful cyber attacks our industry has ever witnessed".

While 44 percent of respondents believes using someone else's desktop or laptop is the most vulnerable location for an advance persistent threat (APT) attack, it appears many prefers to use end user education (44 percent) or anti-virus (29 percent), against the most advanced technology to prevent APT attacks (only 19 percent).

certgate Wins Best Practices Award

The prestigious consultancy Frost & Sullivan bestowed the coveted "New Product Innovation Award 2011" on Nuremberg-based certgate GmbH during the "Infosecurity Europe" in London, the international IT security fair. With the award the consulting firm pays tribute not only to the innovative technology of the hardware-based security solution for mobile devices developed by certgate, but also to its great relevance in secure mobile communication.

"Our secure hardware factor in microSD format enables us to reliably safeguard any application for mobile devices against data theft, espionage and misuse", explains Walter Zornek, CEO of certgate GmbH. "We are delighted that this very current and important topic is given high recognition through prizes such as the Best Practices Award."

During the Infosecurity Europe from 19 to 21 April certgate GmbH will be exhibiting a number of applications for smartphones which have been developed on the basis of the certgate micro SmartCard. This includes the "world's safest smartphone"- SiMKo2 - with which T-Systems protects the confidential communication of the German government amongst others. Partner solutions for a convenient and highly secure voice encryption, mobile banking solutions and a secure virtual workplace on a microSD card illustrate the broad variety of applications offered by the certgate technology.

"The areas of use for our micro SmartCard are expanding with the increasing spread and higher performance of smartphones and the resultant security requirements. Our technology gives all applications using digital signatures, keys or certificates or requiring secure authentication the requisite security for use in companies or organisations", explains Walter Zornek. "Other hardware form factors such as SIM cards or integrated solutions like Secure Elements, TPM or Apple integrated SIM are also conceivable here. This is why we are also using the trade fair in London to find new application cases and new partners for our highly developed technology".

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