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6 steps towards digital transformation adoption in industry

August 2020
04
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
6 steps towards digital transformation adoption in industry Disruptive technologies are transforming all industries into digital industries and repositioning them to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0. In the industrial context, digital transformation (DX) is primarily a business objective. ... more

The hidden cost of IP theft

July 2020
22
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
The hidden cost of IP theft Compared with more familiar cyber crimes such as the theft of credit card, consumer health, and other personally identifiable information (PII), IP cyber theft has largely remained in the shadows. That‘s a conclusion that surfaced ... more

Subscription Services Prove Their Resilience

July 2020
08
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Subscription Services Prove Their Resilience The worldwide spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on the global economy in an incredibly short period of time. What businesses have been most resilient in sidestepping operational disruptions, supply chain interferences, ... more

Drag and Drop Digital File Security

July 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Drag and Drop Digital File Security Companies today are scrambling to implement the enabling technologies required to support a growingly remote workforce efficiently and cost-effectively. Tools for file sharing, virtual collaboration and communication, employee ... more

A reality check for tech-dependent societies

June 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A reality check for tech-dependent societies We pride ourselves in our resilience and our ability to think and invent our way out of a crisis. Technological optimism has been one of the engines of modern life, and its promise has often held true in the past. Time and again, ... more

Digital Transformation in a COVID-19 Economy

June 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Digital Transformation in a COVID-19 Economy IoT ONE, a research and advisory firm focused on industrial digitalization, recently released an interesting report on the impact of COVID-19 on industrial digital transformation. The objective of the Industrial-Digital Trend ... more

Freedom is More than Just Another Word when it Comes to Software Licensing

June 2020
03
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Freedom is More than Just Another Word when it Comes to Software Licensing A few weeks ago, we produced a short video that focused on a single word that embodies one of Wibu-Systems overarching goal – that word is “FREEDOM.” In theory, what we mean is that we aspire to offer software ... more

A smooth transformation to home working

May 2020
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A smooth transformation to home working The novel Coronavirus pandemic has turned the global workforce upside down, forcing millions of workers to conduct business at home, whether they are emotionally ready or not, if their homes are prepared to adapt to a pseudo workplace, ... more

Leveraging Software Licensing to Accommodate Business Growth without Constraints

May 2020
20
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Leveraging Software Licensing to Accommodate Business Growth without Constraints The enterprise software licensing transformation continues in parallel with the evolving expectations of end users and the fluid nature of the technology landscape. ISVs have taken to addressing user preferences with a myriad of new ... more

Product Piracy Report: Déjà Vu All Over Again

May 2020
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Product Piracy Report: Déjà Vu All Over Again The latest research report on product piracy released by the VDMA, the advocacy organization for Germany’s mechanical and systems engineering industry, is out and the findings are disturbing once again. Ironically, ... more

There is Nothing Discreet About IP Protection

April 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
There is Nothing Discreet About IP Protection Discrete manufacturing, and all of the supporting functions that go along with it, like inventory management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and Enterprise Resource Planning, is undergoing a rapid and radical ... more

Making a Difference in the Midst of a Global Crisis

April 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Making a Difference in the Midst of a Global Crisis In most every case of catastrophic events in recent history, whether it be the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and of course, our current Coronavirus global pandemic, stories of heroism, ... more

Software Trustworthiness in the IIoT

April 2020
08
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Software Trustworthiness in the IIoT Software trustworthiness – what does it mean for developers, owner-operators and decision makers in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems? The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) recently published a white ... more

IP Protection and Entitlement Management Across the Digital Manufacturing Chain

April 2020
02
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
IP Protection and Entitlement Management Across the Digital Manufacturing Chain Since the first 3D printing machine was unveiled back in 1984, industrial use was the main focus. However, it was not until early patents expired in 2009 and consumer models came to market that industry discovered several new and ... more

Protecting and Licensing a Windows Service or Server Application

March 2020
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Protecting and Licensing a Windows Service or Server Application During our regular CodeMeter customer support meetings, I find that we frequently discuss customer questions regarding protection and licensing for a Windows Service or Server application. In most cases, the issue at hand boils ... more

Resilience at the time of COVID-19

March 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Resilience at the time of COVID-19 The emergency triggered by the Corona virus pandemic is dominating not just the news but also every aspect of our private and business lives in unprecedented ways. All corners of the globe are simultaneously called upon to face the ... more

A Clear Picture of Licensing in the Cloud

March 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Clear Picture of Licensing in the Cloud
Like many other recent conferences and exhibitions around the globe, attendance took a hit at the RSA Conference 2020 held last month in San Francisco, CA, USA due to travel concerns brought on by Coronavirus. However, the show went on ... more

It is time for those in the IoT arena to “Up Their Security Game”. Here’s why…

March 2020
03
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
It is time for those in the IoT arena to “Up Their Security Game”. Here’s why… IoT devices have long passed through the “early adopter” phase and should no longer be considered as new or emerging technologies. Such “things” as smart doorbells, smart surveillance cameras, smart coffee makers ... more

Secure Firmware and Software Updates a Matter of Trust

February 2020
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Secure Firmware and Software Updates a Matter of Trust A lot has been written recently about the increasing network connectivity of embedded devices found in a wide array of smart applications and platforms, including automobiles, household appliances, industrial systems and medical ... more

Cyber Strategy is Business Strategy

February 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Cyber Strategy is Business Strategy Cyber strategy is business strategy, and C-suite executives and government leaders have taken notice. At least that’s one of the takeaways from the annual World Economic Forum held last month in Davos, Switzerland. ... more

Digital Twin and Cybersecurity: What are the Implications?

January 2020
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Digital Twin and Cybersecurity: What are the Implications? Since the research firm Gartner described it in 2017 as a “disruptive trend that will have increasingly broad and deep impact over the next five years and beyond,” and again as one of its “Top 10 Strategic Technology ... more

Protect the Code: It’s a National Imperative

January 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Protect the Code: It’s a National Imperative In his syndicated Software Integrity Blog, Jonathan Knudsen of Synopsis, recently made a case for why software should be considered critical infrastructure. He points out that the U.S. recognizes 16 sectors of critical ... more

Flexible Licensing for Complex, Heterogeneous Industrial Environments

January 2020
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Flexible Licensing for Complex, Heterogeneous Industrial Environments For some ISVs, software licensing can be straightforward and uncomplicated. Their software is designed to only be implemented on a specific operating system and deployed over a particular type of network. The application may be ... more

AI in Radiological Imaging Applications

January 2020
09
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
AI in Radiological Imaging Applications It’s been widely discussed over the past decade as to how artificial intelligence (AI) promises to transform virtually every segment of our economy by bringing human intelligence into computing and allowing machines to learn from ... more

Flexible Licensing with Process Uniformity Across the Board

November 2019
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Flexible Licensing with Process Uniformity Across the Board ISVs are pushing the limits of software licensing as more and more applications are being deployed in the cloud. Cloud computing affords a high level of scalability, flexibility, and elasticity that has made a dramatic impact ... more

Leveraging the Promise of the IIoT

November 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Leveraging the Promise of the IIoT Just a few years ago, there was some question as to whether the IoT revolution would impact the industrial sector. Today, of course, we know the answer as the benefits for factory productivity and automation inherent in Industry 4.0 were ... more

Cybersecurity and Trustworthiness in IT/OT

October 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Cybersecurity and Trustworthiness in IT/OT Earlier this year, ARC Advisory Group, in conjunction with Kaspersky Labs, conducted a survey on the State of Cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) as well as the priorities, concerns, and challenges it brings for ... more

U.S. Software Market: Twice the Growth, 2 Times Times the Protection

October 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
U.S. Software Market: Twice the Growth, 2 Times Times the Protection “U.S. Software Jobs Grow Twice as Fast as Overall U.S. Jobs.”
That’s a key takeaway from the latest report, Software: Growing US Jobs and the GDP, released in September 2019 by Software.org: the BSA ... more

Main Prio: Improving Customer Relationships

September 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Main Prio: Improving Customer Relationships Digital transformation is disrupting industry on a global scale and drastically changing existing business processes, company culture, and customer experiences. Under this impetus, companies are reimagining their business practices to ... more

Adapting The Complex Software Licensing Landscape

September 2019
03
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Adapting The Complex Software Licensing Landscape The digital transformations occurring across all segments of society are unfolding at breakneck speed. From autonomous vehicles and smart cities to digitized healthcare delivery, all facets of our connected world are evolving in ways ... more

What Might MedTech Look Like in 2030?

August 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
What Might MedTech Look Like in 2030? Digital transformation is changing the healthcare landscape as more and more medical devices come online, both next generation systems and legacy equipment, with many allowing remote access. Digital patient data continues to ... more

More Security Advice for IoT Device Manufacturers

August 2019
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
More Security Advice for IoT Device Manufacturers With its many promises and great prospects, the Internet of Things (IoT) warrants much stronger protection then the closed systems of the past. IoT systems rely on public networks, which by definition, are unsafe environments. ... more

AI in the IIoT is a Matter of Trust

July 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
AI in the IIoT is a Matter of Trust Artificial Intelligence is a hot commodity in the technology world these days. But what does it mean in the context of the Industrial IoT?
An early definition of artificial intelligence was one of “thinking machines” that ... more

Security by Obscurity and the Right to Repair

June 2019
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Security by Obscurity and the Right to Repair The right-to-repair movement is gaining traction in the U.S. as many states are considering legislation that would allow consumers and third parties to repair electronic equipment without voiding manufacturer’s warranties. The ... more

Laying the Groundwork for Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity

June 2019
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Laying the Groundwork for Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Governments, industry organizations, and industrial leaders keep focusing their attention on cybersecurity in light of the advances driven by Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing that continue to shape our future. 
The European ... more

Should You Protect Your Embedded Code?

May 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Should You Protect Your Embedded Code? Embedded device hacking is the exploitation of vulnerabilities in embedded software to gain control of the device. Why does it happen? Some hackers attack embedded systems to spy on the devices, take control of them, or simply disable ... more

A Fresh Look at Secure Software Development

May 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Fresh Look at Secure Software Development Software-driven innovations are being fueled by the emergence of smart things - devices, automobiles, factories, cities - all of which impact nearly every aspect of our personal lives and businesses. The connected economy offers ... more

Digital Security in the Ever-Changing Connected Healthcare Landscape

May 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Digital Security in the Ever-Changing Connected Healthcare Landscape The digital footprint of the healthcare landscape continues to expand as more and more medical devices come online, both next generation systems and legacy equipment, with many allowing remote access. Digital patient data continues to ... more

Added Value by Software

April 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Added Value by Software Software solutions and services will continue to become increasingly significant in 2019 as digitalization makes further inroads into the engineering sector, while opening the door for new innovations and business practices. So says the ... more

A Security Policy Agenda for the Global Economy

April 2019
09
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Author: med_wibu-systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Security Policy Agenda for the Global Economy BSA |The Software Alliance) released its 2019 Policy Agenda in early February to facilitate discussion and debate around what they believe to be some of the most pressing issues impacting the global economy. As a leading ... more

Is Your License Technology Aligned with Your Customer’s Needs?

April 2019
04
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Is Your License Technology Aligned with Your Customer’s Needs? Over the past 30 years, we’ve helped hundreds of companies migrate from their homegrown or vendor-supplied licensing solution to our CodeMeter licensing and protection platform. While there are ... more

Time for IoT Security Standards?

March 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Time for IoT Security Standards? The U.S. Congress recently introduced legislation to address the growing concern for security on IoT devices purchased by the U.S. government.
Does the proposal go far enough? Let’s take a further look.
Legislators ... more

CmDongle in a Hyperledger Blockchain

March 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
 CmDongle in a Hyperledger Blockchain Blockchain frameworks enable the immutable storage of data [1,2]. A still open practical question is the so called “oracle” problem, i.e. the way real world data is actually transferred into and out of a Blockchain [3] while ... more

The .NET Development Landscape

March 2019
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Author: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
 The .NET Development Landscape One of the most frequent questions I see asked in developer communities, like StackOverflow and Github, is when to use .NET framework and when to use .NET Core, as there seems to be confusion with the name and different ... more

A Cybersecurity Roadmap for a Digitized Society

February 2019
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Author: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Cybersecurity Roadmap for a Digitized Society Cybersecurity research is a “technological prerequisite” for addressing the numerous disruptive challenges brought on by the rapid progression of the digitalization of society. That sentiment is the basis for a comprehensive ... more

A Glimpse Ahead to the Dark Ages

February 2019
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Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Glimpse Ahead to the Dark Ages What if a computer virus was capable of completely destroying the data on every Internet-connected device in the U.S. in a matter of minutes? Can you fathom the chaos?
Basic services like electricity, water supply, transportation, and ... more

A Holistic Approach to IoT Security

February 2019
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Holistic Approach to IoT Security Is it possible to introduce an IoT device that can authenticate its user, can encrypt and decrypt transmitted and received data, and deliver or verify the proof of integrity, yet still be considered an insecure device?
Yes, says the ... more

Are You Ready for the Subscription Economy?

January 2019
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Are You Ready for the Subscription Economy? Turn your customers into subscribers. That’s the mantra of Zuora Inc., a leading provider of a cloud-based subscription management platform. They have coined the term “Subscription Economy®” which embodies ... more

The New Breed of Engineers

January 2019
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
The New Breed of Engineers I read an interesting article recently, How Do You Create an Internet of Things Workforce?, that was published by the IEEE Computer Society. The gist of the article was that given the significant increase in the development of ... more

Is the Dongle Dead?

December 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Is the Dongle Dead? In today’s ISV world, a flexible software licensing strategy is the key to successful monetization and profitability. In the past, secure hardware-based license dongles were the platform of choice for the ultimate in software ... more

Software Security on the Defensive

November 2018
06
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Software Security on the Defensive In the past few years, high profile cyberattacks to key Infrastructure have raised serious security concerns around the globe. These are just a few of the more prominent attacks:

Massive power outages in the Ukraine, ... more

Trustworthiness in Industrial System Design

October 2018
23
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Trustworthiness in Industrial System Design Trustworthiness in the context of an industrial system is a relatively new term intended to provide a better understanding of the meaning of trust in such a system and how this trust can be approached by the operational user as well as ... more

The Security of Distributed Ledger Technologies

October 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
The Security of Distributed Ledger Technologies On the 20th and 21st of September, the new "Secure Distributed Ledger and Contracts" Research Center was inaugurated by Prof. Sadeghi at the University of Darmstadt, Germany.
In his role as external research advisor to ... more

Encryption, Cybersecurity & Privacy: The Global Conundrum

October 2018
02
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Encryption, Cybersecurity & Privacy: The Global Conundrum BSA | The Software Alliance, a global software industry advocate, recently asserted their opinion on communications legislation being considered by the Australian Government. The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment ... more

Trustworthiness and The Permeation of Trust in IIoT Systems

October 2018
01
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Trustworthiness and The Permeation of Trust in IIoT Systems In 2016, the Industrial Internet Consortium gained agreement upon an understanding of the term “trustworthiness” and its effect on design and operation of an industrial system. At the core of that understanding was ... more

Cyber-Security 4.0

September 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Cyber-Security 4.0 Much has been written about the unbridled optimism brought on by the so called 4th Industrial Revolution (a.k.a. Industry 4.0) and the unprecedented cyber-related risks facing manufacturers given the increasing digitization of ... more

Beware the Software Supply Chain

August 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Beware the Software Supply Chain “Threat actors don’t have to defeat a company’s security measures, they only have to compromise a third-party supplier that it works with or relies on.” CSOonline
That seems to be the case with a new wave of ... more

IIoT Endpoint Security and the Convergence of IT and OT

July 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
IIoT Endpoint Security and the Convergence of IT and OT IIoT endpoint security was the leading concern of respondents to the 2018 SANS IIoT Survey: Shaping IIoT Security Concerns. The SANS Institute is a cooperative research and education organization and a leading source for information ... more

Just Another Brick in the Wall

July 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Just Another Brick in the Wall "Bricking” is a widely used term describing an electronic device, such as a smartphone, game console, router, or tablet computer that has been rendered useless due to severe physical damage, a serious misconfiguration, corrupted ... more

A Shift to the Left for Application Security

July 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Shift to the Left for Application Security A recent article in SD Times gave light to the trend that more and more aspects of software development are being forced to “shift left” in the development lifecycle, meaning that the speed in which development ... more

I2M2 – the Future of Industrial System Monetization?

June 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
I2M2 – the Future of Industrial System Monetization? The software industry’s move towards pay-as-you-go and subscription licensing is fueled by the success of Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce and others who have revamped their business models to take advantage of the flexibility of cloud ... more

Unlicensed Software and Malware Go Hand-in-Hand

June 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Unlicensed Software and Malware Go Hand-in-Hand Software has become an essential tool for global businesses to perform their fundamental everyday tasks. Software adds value in the way organizations conduct business, improve profitability, reach new markets, and gain competitive ... more

Every Vote Counts

June 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Every Vote Counts The potential danger of cyberattacks is present in virtually every facet of our lives, whether it be tampering of medical devices, attacks on critical civil infrastructure, prying into our connected home devices, or theft of personal ... more

Security and the Transformation of the Embedded Software Engineer

May 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Security and the Transformation of the Embedded Software Engineer An article by Jacob Beningo that appeared recently in Design News caught my eye and raised an interesting question. The main premise of the article, “The Soon-to-Be-Extinct Embedded Software Engineer,” was that ... more

New Product Piracy Report – Same Old Story

May 2018
09
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
New Product Piracy Report – Same Old Story The VDMA, the advocacy organization for Germany’s mechanical and systems engineering industry, has released data from its latest research on product piracy (Product Piracy 2018), and once again, the results are ... more

Software Considerations and Security Requirements for Medical Devices

April 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Software Considerations and Security Requirements for Medical Devices Software has become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry given its widespread use for controlling medical devices and health information systems and communicating and maintaining electronic patient data, all in an increasingly ... more

Global Product Piracy More Than a Political Talking Point

April 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Global Product Piracy More Than a Political Talking Point Trade imbalance is at the crux of the harsh rhetoric exchanged between the U.S. and China recently as both sides threaten to implement tariffs on certain goods and imports to protect their own economies. Adding to this trade imbalance, ... more

Preparing for the Industrie 4.0 Transformation

March 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Preparing for the Industrie 4.0 Transformation The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here - Are You Ready?
That’s the question posed to more than 1,600 C-level executives by Deloitte Global in a survey recently conducted by Forbes Insights. The research was ... more

Global Technology Partnerships Serve the Greater Good

March 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Global Technology Partnerships Serve the Greater Good BSA | The Software Alliance, a leading advocate for the global software industry, recently announced its U.S 2018 policy agenda. The agenda focuses on four main policy areas: data, intellectual property, workforce development, and ... more

Essentials in Software Monetization

February 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Essentials in Software Monetization “As today’s technology becomes increasingly complex, modern software monetization is essential. The adoption of modern technologies like the cloud have pressured independent software vendors (ISVs) to learn how to better ... more

Cybersecurity for Medical Device Endpoints

January 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Cybersecurity for Medical Device Endpoints With the recent, highly publicized incidents of identity theft, ransomware and malware attacks directed at healthcare facilities, the medical device community is on high security alert. Cybersecurity exploits have resulted in the theft ... more

Leveraging Software Monetization Strategies in the Medical Device Industry

January 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Leveraging Software Monetization Strategies in the Medical Device Industry Modern day medicine is increasingly dependent upon sophisticated technology that is rapidly changing the landscape of healthcare delivery and demonstrating that its use can make a dramatic improvement in patient outcomes. However, the ... more

Protecting Medical Devices with Software Encryption

January 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Protecting Medical Devices with Software Encryption Intellectual property theft is rampant around the globe. In a 2016 study, VDMA, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, reported that nine of out ten manufacturers were victims of piracy, and that in 70% of all ... more

What Meltdown and Spectre Mean for Wibu-Systems' Users

January 2018
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
What Meltdown and Spectre Mean for Wibu-Systems' Users The recent news about security vulnerabilities in common microprocessors and, by implication, popular operating systems and applications have left many users rightly concerned about their IT security.
What we can say at this point in ... more

Crossing the Licensing Migration Chasm

December 2017
05
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Crossing the Licensing Migration Chasm Cloud initiatives, SaaS, subscriptions, pay-per-use, and a bevy of new, customer-centric licensing models are wreaking havoc with some ISVs who are struggling to keep up with their own antiquated licensing engine or are unsure as to how ... more

Pay-Per-Use licensing: its time has come

November 2017
09
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Pay-Per-Use licensing: its time has come Pay-per-use software licensing is not a new concept. In fact, as discovered in a recent Google search, the business model was under consideration as far back as 1993 (Host Users Seek License Details, Computerworld, May 24, 1993), when ... more

An Agenda for Government and Industry to Step up Their Role in Cybersecurity

October 2017
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Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
An Agenda for Government and Industry to Step up Their Role in Cybersecurity Cybercrime will cost up to $6 trillion by 2021, according to a report recently released by Cybersecurity Ventures. This colossal number is equivalent to nearly half of today’s US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and more ... more

New Business Models Driving Creative Software Monetization Strategies

September 2017
16
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
New Business Models Driving Creative Software Monetization Strategies “The next generation of software monetization is not just about IP protection nor limited to licensing alternatives (perpetual versus term), but rather about enabling business models that provide additional opportunity for ... more

Time to Speak a Common Language in the IIoT

September 2017
01
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Time to Speak a Common Language in the IIoT In our daily lives, how frequently have we heard someone say “let’s make sure we are on the same page”, whether it be during a personal interaction or a business communication? Pretty often I would say, because it is ... more

U.S. Introduces Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity of IoT Devices: Is it Enough?

August 2017
24
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
U.S. Introduces Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity of IoT Devices: Is it Enough? U.S. Senators recently introduced legislation intended to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 would require that devices purchased by the ... more

Taking Encryption Protections to the Next Level

July 2017
26
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Taking Encryption Protections to the Next Level It seems like every day we hear about damaging and costly cyberattacks resulting from pirated software, theft of digital Intellectual Property, stolen personal, financial and medical data, or malicious tampering of consumer IoT devices ... more

IoT and Blockchain. A match made in heaven?

June 2017
28
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
IoT and Blockchain. A match made in heaven? When I last googled Blockchain, 21 million results were returned, and I am sure this number is on the rise as government agendas, panels at international trade shows, and every vendor dealing in IT security are touching upon this ... more

New Licensing Models Expand Market Potential for ISVs

June 2017
28
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
New Licensing Models Expand Market Potential for ISVs “Old School” perpetual software licensing agreements are rapidly falling out of favor as often times they place restrictions on product use that do not fit the dynamic business needs of the end user. Many smaller companies, ... more

Why “Keeping offline” is not really safer than going online

May 2017
19
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Why “Keeping offline” is not really safer than going online “We are keeping our computers offline. That way, they are safe.” I don’t know whether the IT professionals at French carmakers, British NHS hospitals, or German train operators believed this. What I do know is: ... more

Keeping In-Step with Your Customer’s Availability Requirements

May 2017
10
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Keeping In-Step with Your Customer’s Availability Requirements When software on a consumer’s computer becomes problematic or stops working altogether, in most cases, it is simply a nuisance without significant financial or business implications. In commercial environments, however, software ... more

An Eye-Opening Look at Embedded Security (or Not)

April 2017
07
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
An Eye-Opening Look at Embedded Security (or Not) “In an eye-opening embedded systems safety and security survey conducted by the Barr Group, 28 percent of respondents said the systems they work on could cause injury or fatalities and 60 percent of the respondents said their ... more

A Secure Shelter for Your Digital Documents

March 2017
30
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Secure Shelter for Your Digital Documents Here at Wibu-Systems, we spend much of our time speaking with customers and evangelizing at industry meetings and conferences regarding the importance of protecting software and intellectual property against illegal copying, reverse ... more

Implement Features-on-Demand and Increase Software Revenues: A case in point

March 2017
14
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Implement Features-on-Demand and Increase Software Revenues: A case in point Employing a features-on-demand licensing strategy has significant advantages for developers as well as end users.
In many instances, the full capabilities of a particular software program are rarely utilized, or perhaps an end user ... more

The Blurry Box Encryption Revolution

March 2017
02
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
The Blurry Box Encryption Revolution “The system should not require secrecy and it must not be a problem if it falls into enemy hands.”
Those were the words of Auguste Kerckhoffs, who published two articles in 1883 in which he surveyed the military ciphers of ... more

Smart Factory Applications in Discrete Manufacturing

February 2017
23
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Smart Factory Applications in Discrete Manufacturing The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that has slipped easily into our everyday vocabulary, bringing with it exotic notions of smart appliances, driverless automobiles, intelligent monitors, and the like. But, how does it fit in the ... more

15 Attack Points for Endpoints

February 2017
17
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
15 Attack Points for Endpoints Understanding the Vulnerabilities of IIoT Endpoints
Much has been written lately about IIoT endpoints and their many potential security vulnerabilities. As defined by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), endpoints are ... more

Electronic License Delivery Can Make or Break Your Customer Relationship

February 2017
02
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Electronic License Delivery Can Make or Break Your Customer Relationship In the past decade, the Internet has dramatically changed the way software and the corresponding licenses are delivered. As we know, the days of the CD ROM installation are long gone. Consumers today expect the software to be delivered ... more

IoT Security and Increasing Vendor Liability

February 2017
01
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
IoT Security and Increasing Vendor Liability The push for some form of liability for vendors who sell faulty or insecure software has been the subject of debate for many years with little or no clear agreement on its legality or how to enforce it. However, that may be changing as ... more

Protecting Medical Device Endpoints

January 2017
18
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Protecting Medical Device Endpoints The US FDA recently published new recommendations for both manufacturers and regulators to address medical device cybersecurity. The final document, Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Guidance for Industry ... more

Industrie 4.0 and Product Piracy

December 2016
23
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Industrie 4.0 and Product Piracy Industrie 4.0, a.k.a. the fourth industrial revolution, is representative of the global strategic initiative to revolutionize industry by integrating digital automation, interoperability and advanced data exchange into manufacturing ... more

Protecting Industrial Internet of Things Endpoints

December 2016
22
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Protecting Industrial Internet of Things Endpoints An attack to an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) system typically starts with an attack on one or more endpoints. In many cases, an attacker will try to access the execution code and attack the weakest point in the devices’ ... more

Tis the Season to be Wary

December 2016
21
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Tis the Season to be Wary With just a few shopping days left before Christmas, the retail frenzy is at its height. Judging from the plethora of products touted in all of the sales flyers and commercials, it seems that this is the “smartest” season of ... more

Migrating to a New Software Licensing and Protection Solution

December 2016
09
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Migrating to a New Software Licensing and Protection Solution Software entrepreneurs who are developing their first time application have the luxury of building-in their software licensing and protection solution from the outset. They most likely will choose to work with an external vendor to ... more

Essentials in Software License Management

October 2016
25
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
Essentials in Software License Management A flexible software license management system is critical for enabling ISVs to keep pace with end user expectations, not only in the way the software is licensed, but also in the manner by which end users can manage licenses ... more

A Common Framework for IIoT Security

September 2016
28
Author: Wibu-Systems
Company: WIBU-SYSTEMS AG
A Common Framework for IIoT Security The vulnerability of Internet-enabled endpoints in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a critical security concern. The rapid proliferation of these connected devices, which include sensors, PLCs, embedded systems, mobile ... more

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