In its mission to deliver unique, most secure and highly versatile technologies to software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers, Wibu-Systems has developed CodeMeter, a comprehensive and award-winning suite of hardware- and software-based entitlement solutions for the protection of software rights and technical know-how against piracy, reverse engineering, tampering, sabotage, and espionage.
Digital certificates have proved their worth as a strong means of authentication for decades. With IIoT taking center stage in industrial automation, machines need to be identified securely as well to stop illicit users or systems from sneaking in and potentially wreaking havoc in networks. X.509 certificates, coupled with communication protocols like OPC UA and hardware-based safe storage solutions like CmDongles, are ideal choices to meet the challenges of today.
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With .NET’s popularity growing even further since the release of .NET Standard and .NET Core, there has been increasing interest in its built-in security features like code signing and code access security. At the same time, .NET code remains notoriously susceptible to reverse engineering. AxProtector .NET provides robust protection of .NET executables and libraries, custom error handling, and a new level of performance that you can fine tune to meet your specific requirements.
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The new generation of CodeMeter is a goldmine of opportunities for ISVs and their users. Supercharged with new and augmented automation capabilities and even more flexibility, the secure distribution of software is entering a new phase: Core features, integration in software applications, and complete support for back office processes have all been supplemented with unique functionalities for the world market.
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With the introduction of CmCloudContainers, a new era of cloud licensing has started, one that provides users with an unprecedented new level of freedom. No need to carry around dongles or keep license files that are bound to one machine only. Instead, users are free to access their licenses anywhere and from any device. CmCloudContainers also work with all CodeMeter protection mechanisms, can contain multiple licenses, are easy to set up, and as secure as dongles.
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The Industrial Security Podcast, hosted by Andrew Ginter and Nate Nelson, of Waterfall Security Solutions, features leading experts who talk about ICS security, SCADA security standards, protection from cyberattacks, and more. During the interview, Marco Blume, Product Manager Embedded at Wibu-Systems, explored how intellectual property protection, safety, and cybersecurity work together in the discrete manufacturing sector. He addressed four key areas where smart industries could maintain the security of the machine-to-machine communications and protect the IP integral to the operations and integrity of the PLCs, sensors, and other connected devices: Software protection, license management, secure key storage, and certificate management.
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CodeMeter addresses the needs of all software publishers from all sectors of industry. With CodeMeter License Central, they have the tool they need to map any licensing model. Both experienced software vendors who are exploring a possible migration to CodeMeter and newcomers who are dipping their toe in the water with CodeMeter can improve the art of mapping out their licensing schemes to make them as simple as possible and as complex as necessary.
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As the CodeMeter technology expands to welcome CodeMeter Cloud and reaps all of the mobility benefits associated with making licenses available in the cloud, anytime, and from any device, software developers should feel at home: All workflows for creating, delivering, changing, and managing licenses stay the same, whether you choose hard, soft, or cloud license containers. You can mix and match them in a heterogeneous architecture. All you need is to choose whether you want your licenses offline on a computer, mobile on a dongle, or online in the cloud.
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CodeMeter provides different paths to strong protection and flexible licensing. With CodeMeter Core API, you are in control over every option in the process: you can create simple license queries that you can make available via a wrapper as company-wide standard libraries, manage licensing operations, implement tailored cryptographic functions, and customize queries for maximum security. Combine it with Wibu Universal Protection Interface and CodeMeter Protection Suite and you’ll have the perfect security setup.
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The manufacturers who will still be holding the reins in tomorrow’s markets are the ones who are first to understand that the product ownership era is coming to an end, to transition from products to services, to rethink their entire supply chain from a radically new perspective, to implement newer licensing models and enable license updates transparently in the background when the software is started, without the customer having to take any additional action other than placing the purchase order.
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Virtual environments have become the norm for quality assurance purposes, the deployment of complex software, training, or just regular business as they cut bottom-line costs while allowing you to run the software in a clear and reliable environment. However, virtualization exposes ISVs to additional software protection and licensing threats. With CodeMeter, you have the tools and methods you need to safeguard your IP, no matter which virtual environment configuration you and your customers prefer.
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WIBU-SYSTEMS AG (WIBU®), a privately held company founded by engineers Oliver Winzenried and Marcellus Buchheit in 1989, is an innovative technology leader in the global software license lifecycle management. In its mission to deliver unique, most secure and highly flexible technologies to software publishers and industrial manufacturers, Wibu-Systems has developed a comprehensive, award-winning suite of hardware- and software-based solutions incorporating internationally patented processes dedicated to the integrity protection of digital assets and intellectual property. Wibu-Systems’ product portfolio addresses a wide variety of application delivery models, including PCs, mobile, embedded automation, cloud computing, SaaS, and virtualized architectures.
Through its motto “Perfection in Protection, Licensing and Security”, Wibu-Systems is standing up for ethically produced software and reinforces its vocation to eradicate software counterfeiting, reverse engineering, code tampering, as well as device and smart factory sabotage, espionage and cyber-attacks.
With its flagship CodeMeter® all-in-one security platform, Wibu-Systems facilitates software monetization techniques to meet the increasing demand for top line revenue growth through the reduction of bottom line costs and the enablement of new marketing strategies. Software powered businesses, whether in the consumer, corporate or embedded systems realm, can create, deliver, and manage an entire orchestration of ready-made license models able to address their singular needs. In a market that is becoming more and more customer oriented, it is strategic to also personalize the offering terms of functionalities, pricing and compliance, and this is where Wibu-Systems enters the game with value added consulting services, localized engineering support and secure hosting.
With more than 50% of its employees involved in research and development, Wibu-Systems has pioneered a number of ingenious technologies, and empowered software developers and intelligent device manufacturers to deliver secure products that meet their customers’ needs. In fact, Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter and WibuKey security solutions have won several hackers’ contests and are acknowledged and trusted worldwide. Sophisticated use of cryptography, secure key storage, full integration of an unparalleled line-up of form factors within the same framework, license model agnostic hardware, and interoperability with all major computer-based, embedded, real time and PLC operating systems are some of the key differentiators that allow Wibu-Systems to position itself at the forefront and propel software businesses to new heights.
Wibu-Systems is DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 certified and an active member of international and domestic organizations, like BITKOM, VDMA, IIC or TCG as well as standardization committees, such as the USB Implementers Forum, the SD Cards Association and the OPC Foundation. Wibu-Systems has qualified itself as a certified Microsoft Gold OEM Hardware Partner and Wind River Validated Partner; it has also joined the developer programs of Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Oracle, QNX, and many others. The company’s products have received several awards: Just in 2014, CodeMeter has won the SIIA CODiE Awards for “Best Content Rights and Delivery Solution”, and the German IT-Security Prize for BlurryBox® cryptography. CmStick has also been granted the International iF Product Design Award and has been nominated for the German design award (Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).
The company is leading different research projects with universities and other bodies, partially funded by the German BMBF (Ministry for Education and Research) and BMWE (Ministry for Economic Affairs). Among them are MimoSecco, EmbOSYST and OpSIT, respectively for cloud computing, embedded operating systems and smart technologies. Wibu-Systems is also cooperating with KIT (the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), the Fraunhofer Institute, DFKI (the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), SmartFactoryKL and FZI (the Research Center for Information Technology) on a number of research and development activities.
Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, Wibu-Systems holds wholly owned subsidiaries in Seattle, USA, as well as in Shanghai and Beijing, China; the company also has sales offices in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and a capillary world distribution network.