European Security Technology to Grab Spotlight at CeBIT 2016

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2016-01-23 Print this article Print
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"BlackBerry is using these systems to expand its portfolio and to continue in the direction of providing software products and services for corporate clients," he said later in a prepared statement.

As I found out last year at this event, the Internet of things (IoT) is a big worry in Europe because of its threat to privacy. Last year, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was showing off a means of anonymizing everyday IoT communications such as automated water or electric meters. The idea there was that many German citizens don't want the government knowing how much water or power they consume.

This year, the focus has shifted slightly to the actual content of IoT communications such as what someone might be watching on television. For this reason Eurotech, which is based in Italy but has offices worldwide, has introduced a compact IoT security and encryption device intended for small business and home use. These multiservice gateways, as Eurotech calls them, will handle inputs from a variety of sources before they combine and encrypt them for transmission over the Internet.

Eurotech has a broad product base that's widely deployed in industry and government. For example, its ruggedized units are commonly used on everything from mining equipment to rail cars, where they must be capable of handling temperature extremes, vibration and other environmental stresses.

These devices are used on the rail cars in the Washington, D.C., Metro system, for example. The new devices use the same Java-based software as the devices that have been in business and industrial service for years.

Security companies in Switzerland made themselves known in a bigger way at this year's CeBIT preview. SIX Group, which is the organization that runs the Swiss stock exchange, is highlighting its role in financial transaction security. In addition to providing secure communications for stock transactions, SIX also supports payment card security in Europe and the U.S. The company will use CeBIT to demonstrate its role in financial security.

Swiss security company AdNovum was showing its Nevis Security Suite. This package includes an authentication service, a reverse proxy, identity management and a reporting service. This package has been available for a while, but this is the first time that AdNovum is really making itself known outside of Europe. The company is trading on the "Swiss Made" concept, apparently in an effort to convince potential customers that the quality is equivalent to one of that nation's fine handmade watches.

Of course, there's a lot more happening at CeBIT in March than just security, but the planned events and product announcements make it clear that once again security technology will be prominent at the show.

But this year there are changes in what's being introduced that will quickly begin to show new trends in how IT looks at security and in how security affects IT. The Internet of things and transaction security are only two areas where you can expect to see changes coming.


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