Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Cryptography Research and Invia Sign Developer Agreement for DPA Countermeasures

Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI) and INVIA SAS (INVIA) announced they have entered into an agreement enabling INVIA to develop products incorporating Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures for use by licensees of CRI's DPA patents. INVIA provides security-related semiconductor design IP and embedded software to ASIC and FPGA designers.

DPA is a form of attack that involves monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secrets. Strong countermeasures to DPA help protect tamper-resistant products used in applications such as military and aerospace products, smartphones and other mobile applications, banking, pay television, mass transit, secure ID, secure storage, automobiles and consumer electronics.

"DPA countermeasures are a crucial component of secure systems," said Pankaj Rohatgi, technical director, hardware security solutions at Cryptography Research. "INVIA has developed DPA-resistant hardware cores tailored to address the anti-tamper needs of our licensees, and we are pleased to have INVIA join our DPA countermeasures ecosystem."

GlobalPlatform Enhances Versatility of Secure Access Module Thanks to Remote Management

Providers of contactless electronic transaction (e-transaction) systems, such as a public transport authority or electronic identity provider, will benefit from a white paper released by GlobalPlatform which explains how system versatility can be enhanced. The white paper, titled 'GlobalPlatform Value Proposition for Remote Post-Issuance Secure Access Modules (SAMs) Management', will be crucial reading to any providers of e-transaction systems, given the fast pace at which contactless services are rolling out and advancing across a host of different platforms and sectors.

The white paper delivered by GlobalPlatform explains how GlobalPlatform technology can be leveraged to enhance the flexibility and security of an e-transaction system. This is achieved by adopting a standardized approach that facilitates secure remote access management and ensures long-term system 'openness' through acceptance of new secure tokens. The paper mainly focuses on transit as an example.

By implementing GlobalPlatform Specifications, SAMs can be remotely managed using 'over-the-air' or 'over-the-internet' technology to make updates such as renewing the cryptographic keys, adding an alternative access control application or improving functionality and security. This eliminates the need and cost of issuing new SAMs when such network updates are required.

The white paper and the specifications it references can be downloaded free of charge from www.globalplatform.org.

Gemalto Acquires SensorLogic

Gemalto today announced that it has acquired SensorLogic. Terms of the transaction, which was structured as an asset deal, were not disclosed.

Founded in 2002, with its main location in Plano, Texas, SensorLogic has developed a cloud-based, machine-to-machine (M2M) service delivery platform which allows customers to build, deploy and manage M2M solutions in a broad range of applications such as asset tracking, telematics and equipment monitoring and servicing.

Commenting on the transaction, Oliver Piou, Gemalto Chief Executive Officer noted: "With M2M, we continue to replicate our successful business model. Starting from advanced software embedded in a device, we add remote management and then application support to provide superior performance and differentiation to our customers." Norbert Muhrer, Cinterion's CEO, added "SensorLogic is a perfect fit for our M2M business. With SensorLogic, we are taking complexity out of M2M deployments thus clearly adding value to our clients".

UPM and Waldemar to Provide NFC Tags through Touch2go Netstore

UPM RFID and Waldemar Winckel have entered an agreement on the delivery of UPM RFID's NFC inlays through the 'Touch2go' online netstore.

Touch2go enables small companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs to utilize NFC technology so they can take off with the fast-growing NFC ecosystem, introducing multiple NFC applications to customers interested in moving forward with NFC platforms. Depending on their needs, they can order various NFC products as self-adhesive or hang tags, posters, postcards or on-metal tags. Customers can purchase an extensive variety of NFC tag products, in small quantities or big volumes.

NFC Forum and Bluetooth SIG Publish Developers Guide to Using NFC for Bluetooth Pairing

The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for the development, promotion and protection of the Bluetooth specification, have announced the publication of Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing Using NFC. The new document provides developers with examples of how to implement Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) using NFC to take maximum advantage of both technologies when they are present in the same device.

The publication is available for free download at: www.nfc-forum.org

IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives within Five Years

IBM yesterday formally unveiled the sixth annual "IBM 5 in 5" - a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years:

You will never need a password again: You will no longer need to create, track or remember multiple passwords for various log-ins. Imagine you will be able to walk up to an ATM machine to securely withdraw money by simply speaking your name or looking into a tiny sensor that can recognise the unique patterns in the retina of your eye.

Mind reading is no longer science fiction: IBM scientists are among those researching how to link your brain to your devices, such as a computer or a smartphone. If you just need to think about calling someone, it happens. Or you can control the cursor on a computer screen just by thinking about where you want to move it.

Junk mail will become priority mail: In five years, unsolicited advertisements may feel so personalised and relevant it may seem spam is dead. At the same time, spam filters will be so precise you'll never be bothered by unwanted sales pitches again.

The digital divide will cease to exist: In our global society, growth and wealth of economies are increasingly decided by the level of access to information. And in five years, the gap between information haves and have-nots will narrow considerably due to advances in mobile technology.

People power will come to life: Anything that moves or produces heat has the potential to create energy that can be captured. Walking, Jogging, and Cycling. The heat from your computer. Even the water flowing through your pipes. Advances in renewable energy technology will allow individuals to collect this kinetic energy, which now goes to waste, and use it to help power our homes, offices and cities.

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