Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Intel and MasterCard Join to Enhance Consumer Payment Experiences for Online Shopping

Intel Corporation and MasterCard Incorporated announce a multi-year strategic collaboration to further enhance the security and consumer payment experience for online shopping.

The collaboration will combine MasterCard's expertise in payment processing and commerce with Intel's strengths in silicon innovation and chip-based security. It is designed to provide more options for a safer and simpler checkout process for online merchants and consumers using 'Ultrabook' devices and future generations of Intel-based PCs.

The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard's PayPass and Intel Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device.

"MasterCard is constantly working to improve the shopping experience for consumers and merchants," said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard. "The collaboration with Intel will deliver enhanced security and faster checkout - with the convenience of a simple click or tap."

C2P and IFSF Develop the First Technical Standard for EMV-based Fuel Cards

Clear2Pay (C2P) and the International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF) announce today the result of their successful collaboration in the development of the technical specifications for the issuance of EMV-based fuel cards.

The main aim of this co-operation was to facilitate petroleum retailers and other Fuel Card issuers to migrate seamlessly from magnetic stripe to chip-based Fuel Cards and enable a common way of working between Fuel Card issuers assuring worldwide interoperability. The specifications are based on the field-proven EMV technology, the global standard for chip-based payments and current IFSF EFT interface and security standards.

Today's Fuel Cards - issued by the international oil industry and some specialist independent companies are based on magnetic stripe technology. Following the global migration trend to chip cards and terminals in the retail payment world, petroleum retailers wish to have the flexibility to introduce EMV-based cards and significantly improve the security of Fuel Cards.

C2P have assisted IFSF in defining its new standard in close collaboration with the IFSF members via their EFT Working Group. The recently issued new standard covers card selection, card personalisation, Issuer Host Processing and the operational requirements to enable a smooth introduction of smart card based fuel payments with minimal impact on existing IFSF based infrastructures and minimum dependence on others.

Trusteer Receives Medal at UK IT Industry Award

Trusteer was revealed as medallists for their cybercrime prevention architecture in the Technology Excellence Awards category at Sunday night's prestigious UK IT Industry Awards, held at Battersea Parks Events Arena. The annual awards, organised and run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and Computing, are the benchmark for excellence throughout the computer industry and offer a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence.

With this year's theme 'Celebrating IT Excellence', Trusteer fought off some stiff competition in the hotly contested Security Innovation of the Year category which rewards innovative new products or services that have delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as IT security, data protection, information management, risk management, business continuity, or disaster recovery.

Speaking about the results, David Clarke, MBE, Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT said, "The awards are very rigorously judged so to be a winner or medallist means that you really are the best of the best."

O2 Brings Superfast 4G to London

Yesterday O2 switched on the first 4G (or LTE - Long Term Evolution) network in the capital, offering a unique glimpse into the future of superfast mobile broadband. The trial, which will run for the next nine months, will see O2 equip hundreds of consumers, businesses and venue owners with the latest 4G technology and give exclusive access to the first and largest urban 4G network in the UK.

Over 25 4G sites will go live across London this month, covering a combined area of 40 square kilometres, between now and summer 2012.The network will stretch from Hyde Park to The O2 in Greenwich and has been carefully designed to cover key areas of the capital, including Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.

The network will enable O2 to provide a mobile internet experience comparable to the fastest landline fibre home broadband connections. Trialists will be provided with the Samsung B3730 mobile broadband dongles, supporting speeds of up to 100Mbps and well as 4G personal wireless hotspots and handsets from a number of other vendors. Over 1000 individuals are expected to take part.

The O2 4G trial will use the 2.6GHz spectrum band under a Test and Development licence granted to O2 by OFCOM, which supports the maximum 20MHz RF bandwidth for LTE, which allows 4G speeds of up to 150Mbps.

INSIDE Secure and IDT to offer easy-to-design USB Security Token Solution

INSIDE Secure and Integrated Device Technology announce that the two companies have collaborated to bring to market a compact, single-package secure microcontroller and oscillator solution that significantly reduces the bill of materials when designing USB tokens for authentication and digital signatures.

The SOIC8 or QFN20 combines the security, cryptography and connectivity features of the high-performance, low-power INSIDE Secure AT90SO72 secure microcontroller with the stability of the ultra-low power IDT 3MN11G CrystalFree CMOS oscillator to create the perfect solution for applications where low cost and reduced size are most critical.

"Based on customer feedback, INSIDE has optimized the size and cost of the AT90SO72 to make it particularly well-suited as a secure microcontroller to drive USB authentication and signature tokens," said Christian Fleutelot, general manager of the Vault-IC SAS business unit and executive vice president for digital security, at INSIDE Secure. "Guided by the same strategy, we have now partnered with IDT to provide a very compact solution that makes the design of USB secure smart objects much easier and cost effective."

W3C Announces First Draft of Standard for Online Privacy

To address rising concerns about privacy on the Web, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published two first drafts for standards that allow users to express preferences about online tracking:

Tracking Preference Expression (DNT), which defines mechanisms for users to express cross-site tracking preferences and for sites to indicate whether they honour these preferences.


Tracking Compliance and Scope Specification, which defines the meaning of a "Do Not Track" preference and sets out practices for websites to comply with this preference.

These documents are the early work of a broad set of stakeholders in the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group, including browser vendors, content providers, advertisers, search engines, and experts in policy, privacy, and consumer protection. W3C invites review of these early drafts, which are starting points of work to come. W3C expects them to become standards by mid-2012. Expanding Platform Creates Opportunities but Privacy Challenges

For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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