DIGITAL and CYBER NEWS 2020

Entrust Datacard launches PKI platform

Trusted identity and secure issuance technology solutions provider, Entrust Datacard, has announced Security Manager 10, the tenth generation of its leading Public Key Infra- structure (PKI) platform delivering cloud-lev- el scale to continue meeting the demanding needs of authentication, encryption and digital signatures across industries. Available for on-premise and cloud deployments, the plat- form provides the high availability, increased throughput and horizontal scalability that modern certificate authorities (CA) require to support digital enterprise, banking and government organizations. As security threats become more sophisticated and compliance mandates evolve to keep pace, organizations are tasked with enforcing corporate-wide security policies that manage and secure digital identities while providing a seamless experience for users and administrators. With Security Manager 10, organizations can easily manage the digital keys and certificates to secure user, device, and application identities. With an industry-leading Certificate Authority (CA) and Administrative Services Registration Authority (RA), powerful Validation Authority Services (OCSP) and cryptography toolkits for enterprise development and embedded Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, Security Manager 10 provides a comprehensive infrastructure for all organizations looking to establish a scalable security practice.

Experts predict record 20,000 CVEs for 2020

This year could see a record breaking 20,000 vulnerabilities reported, with major increases in mobile bugs already in 2020, according to Skybox Security. The security vendor’s midyear update to its 2020 Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report contains some concerning findings for organizations as they struggle to manage cyber-risk at a time of mass re- mote working. With 9000 vulnerabilities reported in the first half of the year, the firm is predicting the final total for 2020 could top twice as much as that. The figure for new CVEs in 2019 was 17,304. Without risk-based automated patch management systems, organizations struggle to mitigate these issues, leaving them exposed to attacks. Part of this increase is due to a surge in Android OS flaws: these in- creased 50 percent year-on-year, accord- ing to Skybox.

Vodafone partners with Accenture for cybersecurity

A strategic partnership between Vodafone Business and professional services company Accenture was formed with the mission to give national corporate customers and small to medium enterprises (SME) in Europe access to world-class security services in the form of simple, prefabricated packages. Each package will be specifically designed by a trusted provider to meet the needs of the client. As well as helping even the most petite of businesses, the partners have pledged to help all organizations regardless of where they fall on the spectrum of cybersecurity experience. Vodafone said it will bring enterprise-grade cybersecurity along with access to leading cyber-talent and expertise to organizations that do not have the experience, time or resources to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape. Accenture and Vodafone Business have further revealed plans to jointly invest in security innovation in an effort to protect organizations from emerging cyber-threats.

HelpSystems and GlobalSCAPE to merge

An agreement to join forces has been signed between American software companies GlobalSCAPE and HelpSystems. The impending move was jointly announced by both companies to form a combined company to focus on providing the most comprehensive collection of trusted security and automation solutions to customers worldwide. HelpSystems is an IT software company seen as one of the biggest in- dependent IBM software vendors in the world. GlobalSCAPE has been creating secure managed file transfer (MFT) solutions for over two decades.

Matlab deep learning streamlines AI development

Targeting the targets the creation of machine-learning applications, Matlab has introduced the Deep Learning Toolbox, with features including the 5G Toolbox, NVIDIA Cloud, and DGX support plus Sensor Fusion and Tracking. The Deep Learning Toolbox supports convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and long short-term memory (LSTM) networks for classification and regression on image, time-series, and text data. It alleviates users from having to work with other machine-learning frameworks, although it can also import and export models to frameworks like PyTorch, MXNet, Caffe, and TensorFlow-Keras using the ONNIX, the open neural network exchange format. Developers can take advantage of deep-neural-network (DNN) support to generate C++ and CUDA code for deployment on Intel using MMKL-DNN, ARM using the ARM Compute Library, and NVIDIA Tegra platforms using NVIDIA’s numerous libraries.

Afero offers IOT platform for device management

Internet of Things (IoT) platform company, Afero, has  launched  a web service that provides a dashboard allowing companies to monitor, visualize and obtain reports on all of their connected devices, in one place and in real time. Other features include device onboarding, over-the-air updating and data-flow APIs designed to simplify integration with artificial intelligence (AI) apps, such as voice-activated digital assistants. The Afero IoT Platform already provides a solution for secure software-defined connectivity, reliable multi-cloud service, and amazingly simple onboarding. Now it provides users with live visibility for all connected devices in the field. This includes the ability to drill down into individual devices, enabling real-time insights on operation, location and service status. It is available now for customer and developer use.

Gemalto and R3 launch blockchain pilot

Following the launch of the Gemalto Trust ID Network, designed to enable users to control how they share their personal data, the company has announced it is launching a blockchain pilot that combines its Trust ID Network with R3’s Corda platform, an enterprise blockchain solution. Gemalto says by creating and managing their own Self-Sovereign Digital ID, users can enrol with a host of different digital banking, eCommerce and eGovernment services, without having to go through repeated due diligence processes  for each of them. This distributed approach to Digital ID management enables service providers to leverage ubiquitous identities certified by trusted parties while putting users firmly in control of their data. The company adds blockchain technology is ideal for supporting digital transactions that are based on trusted and verified identities, without exposing sensitive data to the threat of hacking and cyber-attack. With Trust ID Network, user control is facilitated via the ID Wallet, a convenient and secure mobile app. Here users can add personal data to their digital identity, have it certified, and give consent to share it with chosen service providers. Only ‘attestations’ issued by trusted parties are stored on the blockchain, keeping personal data under sole control of users.

GlobalPlatform unveils new security IOT configuration

Secure Element (SE) specifications for the protection of internet of things (IoT) devices have been published by GlobalPlatform in a new configuration that simplifies implementation. The organization says some of the IoT sector are not taking security seriously enough and recent attacks demonstrate that any device can be attacked or infected with malware. Devices can then be used for DDoS attacks or to mine end user data, or even exploited to share their source code and other intellectual property. All of this can have significant reputational and financial impact on brands. This is why security needs to be foundational, considered at the start of the design phase. The GlobalPlatform Compact IoT Configuration v1.0 answers IoT-specific market requirements by giving service providers and device manufacturers the means to interact seamlessly when deploying secure digital services across constrained IoT devices. The use of standardized secure components makes the mass marketing of secure digital services possible, while bringing time and cost efficiencies to stakeholders within the ecosystem and enabling new business models. SEs can form the keystone for constrained IoT devices – balancing the flexibility of GlobalPlatform specifications, that cover a range of connectivity options including LoRaWAN and HTTPS, with the restrictions of low-end IoT devices using m-class processors.