Wibu-Systems (www.wibuusa.com) is joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and offering CodeMeter as a secure licensing platform for all TPM users to monetize their business. CodeMeter, an anti-piracy solution creates and stores licenses either in a hardware device (CmDongle) or in software bound to individual computers (CmAct).

As part of this endeavor, Wibu-Systems is also expanding its hardware compatibility lineup to include support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). CodeMeter features growing support on multiple fronts: a range of hardware platforms, including PCs, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers, a lineup of secure elements that spans across dongles, memory cards, TPMs, cloud, and software-based repositories, and full integration with all major operating systems used in offices and industrial environments.

Attackers often use reverse engineering to find software vulnerabilities which they can exploit to create counterfeit products and steal sensitive data or tamper with for sabotage and espionage purposes. With embedded systems, this can lead to serious and dangerous hacks, as recent attacks on safety-critical automotive components have shown.

Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter creates secured code and licenses that can be bound to a secure element in the target system, ensuring that the code and the licensed features are only used on that system. License creation and deployment can be integrated into existing business processes, such as ERP systems or e-commerce platforms. This mechanism opens up new business models, such as feature upselling and time-based or pay-per-use licenses, for the IoT (Internet of Things) and other intelligent devices, says Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems.

TCG is a not-for-profit organization, formed to develop, define, and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry standards, supporting a hardware-based root of trust for interoperable trusted computing platforms, including embedded systems and the IoT. Its industry standard (ISO) TPM specifications are estimated to secure billions of endpoints, and other TCG specifications for secure networks and self-encrypting drives are implemented widely in products by thousands of manufacturers.