Tuesday, 21 June 2011

From Today A Secure Roadmap for E-ticketing in Latin America

KSW Microtec AG, one of the global leaders of RFID components and inlays for secure cards and eDocuments, is about to showcase a secure roadmap for e-ticketing and eID cards for the Latin American market at this year's ID WORLD Rio de Janeiro, starting today.

KSW Microtec's Chief Technology Officer, Carsten Nieland will have a presentation tomorrow, where he will talk about the company's new revolutionary generation of prelaminates, Thinlam with its proven advantages for RFID-based ticketing and its potential for merging with applications for e-government and e-payment security.

As Carsten Nieland points out, "Thinlam will be introduced for the first time to the Latin American region and the timing could not be more relevant given the fact that Brazil will soon host two of the world's most important and largest sporting events - the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games". The RFID-based integrated ticketing will be introduced to get efficiency and optimise security.

RIC (Registro de Identidade Civil) or the Civilian Identity Registry numbering system will also be started in Brazil, which is directly linked to the new Brazilian ID card standard for the incorporation of high security features through RFID.

KSW has received huge orders and is producing millions of ticket inlays to meet the demand, indicating a sustained increase for RFID based eTicketing projects in Latin America.

Elavon Lunched SAFE-T Suite Point-to-Point Encryption and Tokenisation Solution

Elavon, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, and a leading global payments provider, launched SAFE-T Suite - its Secure and Flexible Encryption and Tokenisation portfolio of products and services.

The new SAFE-T Suite supports point-to-point encryption (P2PE, also referred to as end-to-end encryption) and protects data from the earliest point in the transaction lifecycle using VeriFone's hardware-based tamper-resistant security module.

The encrypted data travels across the networks to Elavon's secure data centre where it is decrypted and sent back to the card networks for authorisation. Merchants will have the flexibility to utilise Fusebox - Elavon's secure, hosted payment gateway that features multi-point connectivity to an extensive list of Fusebox-certified processors.

SAFE-T Suite also supports tokenisation process, which creates a unique Token ID that replaces cardholder's data on the response transaction, protecting data at rest and allowing subsequent transactions and adjustments to be securely processed whenever the card number associated with the transaction needs to be used again. The US-based company hosts and maintains the token vault in its secure data centre, which removes a point of vulnerability for enterprise customers.

Banks Need to Give Customers Better Access to Their Information: ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) stated that banks and other financial institutions operating in the UK should give its customers access to the information they hold about them.

Speaking at the British Banker's Association conference, David Smith, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO also announced that "the financial sector has been identified as one of the ICO's priority areas referred to in its draft Information Rights Strategy. Getting it right on data protection doesn't just mean keeping data secure. The law also gives individuals an important right to remain in control of their information".

UK Serious Organised Crime Agency Goes Offline

The UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has taken its website offline after a planned cyber attack by the hacker group Lulz Security.

Yesterday LulzSec announced that it has successfully targeted the SOCA website, and tweeted that the "SOCA Web site was offline in the name of #AntiSec".

However, a SOCA official told BBC News that it took its website offline "to limit the impact of DDoS attack on other clients hosted by our service provider".

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack happens when a large number of computer, under malicious control, overload their target with web requests.

Orange Released World's First T-shirt Mobile Phone Charger

Glastonbury Festival goers will now be able to charge their mobile phones using T-shirts. Orange UK is the creator of this t-shirt mobile phone charger that uses the noise of the festival music to charge the phone. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is a UK performing arts festival that will commence from 22 June and will continue till 26 June, 2011.

The mobile phone charging system is based on "piezoelectric film" - a technology commonly used in hi-fi speakers, which turns vibrations like sound waves into electrical voltage. The energy gathered from sound waves is stored in a reservoir battery, which can then be plugged into a mobile phone to charge it.

The Orange engineers said they chose a T-shirt because it is an everyday item that people will have on them, and because it has a large surface area which can receive a lot of sound waves.

Orange said: "over the course of the weekend, the shirt could store as much as six watt hours". According to The Register, the energy amount is enough to recharge a smartphone.

Imperva Expands File Protection

Imperva, a leader in data security solutions, announced the extension of its file security solution, SecureSphere File Activity Monitoring. The extension is made through integrations and marketing partnerships with leading data loss prevention (DLP) RSA, Websense, McAfee and Code Green Networks.

The combination of File Activity Monitoring and DLP helps enterprises protect sensitive data in a much better way. The partnership also supports the analysis of data ownership, access rights and usage of sensitive data.

Amichai Shulman, CTO, Imperva believes: "File security continues to be a soft spot for many organisations. The integration of SecureSphere File Activity Monitoring with data loss prevention enhances data security programs with stronger controls to monitor and prevent abuse".

Southeast Asia to have 106 Million Mobile Phones in 2011

Some 106 million mobile phones are expected to be shipped across Southeast Asia (SEA) this year, marking a 19 percent increase from 90 million units last year, according to a new report by Canalys, world's leading market research firm.

Canalys further estimated that the number of phones deployed in SEA will rise to 163 million by 2015 at an annual growth rate of 39 percent. The regions where maximum mobile phones will be supplied are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Among the potential phone markets in Southeast Asian countries, there comes Singapore, boasting one of the highest smartphone penetration levels in the area. According to Canalys, "smart phones will account for 68% of mobile phone shipments in 2011 in the advanced Singapore market".

Daryl Chiam, principal analyst at Canalys said, "the three major mobile operators - SingTel, M1 and StarHub, in the country have enticed consumers through their wide product portfolio, competitively priced data contract plans, attractive subsidies and strong marketing campaigns to promote smartphones".

The research firm stated that Nokia, because of its wide network across Asia, will continue to be well-positioned and have significant driving volumes, and should not be underestimated. However, Nokia will continue to face pressure from its rivals - Apple and Samsung die to their penetration in the SEA handset market.

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