“I’m at the home office right now.” As good as everyone has heard that phrase several times over the last few days. No wonder, because in the times of the coronavirus, working from home is as much a part of everyday life for many people as breathing masks and empty supermarket shelves. According to the German industry association Bitkom, one in three professionals in Germany is currently working in a home office for the first time, while for 43 percent, existing homework regulations have been extended.
Inevitably, the issue of security now comes into focus, because remote access should of course only be available to authorized employees of a company, and not to hackers.
Centrally managed company laptops or tablet PCs protected by endpoint security measures can usually be securely integrated into the corporate network using a virtual private network (VPN) enhanced with two-factor authentication (e.g. with a company ID). However, if a company has not yet implemented an endpoint security concept, a VPN is not sufficient. Instead, a sealed-off VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is necessary, as it can be implemented on the server side with solutions from VMware, Citrix or Microsoft.
On the user side, both a fat client (for example via RemoteApp/RemoteDesktop) and a thin client can be used. A product bundle cryptovision offers together with partners such as IGEL, IBM or genua is best suited for this purpose. In such a solution, cryptovision’s smart credential middleware SCinterface is integrated, so that the user can log on in the home office with a secure two-factor authentication and does not become a security risk (think of phishing or attacks on the client system). Since SCinterface supports all common cards and security tokens, a company can also use existing Smart Credentials for the home office VDI.
You want to know more about cryptovision’s solutions for the secure home office? Our colleagues will be happy to advise you.
SCinterface website: https://www.cryptovision.com/en/products/secure-token-integration/sc-interface/
Today, at the two-day G20 Compact with Africa in Berlin, representatives of the twelve participating countries, from the G20 countries and from international organisations will meet. Compact is the core element of a new cooperation with Africa. The aim is to improve the conditions for private investment and employment opportunities in Africa together with African countries. “We do not want to talk over the heads of Africans. We want to cooperate with African countries”, explains Angela Merkel.
Before the meeting at the Chancellor’s Office, an international investor conference will take place, attended by the German Chancellor, African heads of state and government, other politicians and representatives of companies that have invested in the twelve participating states.
cryptovision welcomes Compact and is looking forward to the newly emerging opportunities. With a focus on secure identity solutions, we have been successfully active with eID projects on the African continent since 2011 – for example in Nigeria and Ghana. We value the close cooperation with local IT companies.
Modern, digital identity systems are an important investment and future topic in many African countries. The ID4Africa initiative, which was founded in 2014 and has long since become an important movement, has set itself the task of promoting such systems in African countries. With an electronic ID document, the owner can work legally and make use of services such as healthcare and banking. eID documents are thus a basis for the upswing in emerging countries and the basis for foreign investment and partnerships.
We at cryptovision are pleased to contribute to this development with our innovative eID solutions. We are convinced of the importance of digital identity systems and look forward to future projects.
ePasslet Suite v3 – cryptovision’s Java card framework for electronic ID documents – will be available in 2020 on SECORA™ ID, Infineon’s new Java card operating system. Using ePasslet Suite, users of SECORA™ ID can easily and flexibly implement numerous eID functions. SECORA™ ID is the newest member of Infineon’s established SECORA family. SECORA™ ID is a smart card operating system based on the widely used Java Card standard. It was specifically developed as a platform for electronic ID cards.
SECORA™ ID is being certified according to Common Criteria EAL 6+ and EMVCo. In addition to Infineon’s in-house applet collection, SECORA™ ID also supports the proven ePasslet Suite by cryptovision. This solution considerably expands the functionality of SECORA™ ID by offering about a dozen additional applications. All common eID documents can be implemented this way, with a wide variety of configuration options as well as adaptations to national and project-specific requirements being possible – including electronic identity documents with several applications. The functionality includes the addition of applications on documents already issued. Cryptovision’s managing director Markus Hoffmeister: “We are delighted that Infineon customers can now use our suite on this new platform. The partnership with Infineon is another important milestone on our successful path in the eID market”. With Infineon’s SECORA™ ID as additional platform for ePasslet Suite, cryptovision gains access to another huge market: 70 percent of the worldwide population use identification documents based on Infineon’s security chips. To the Infineon press release
The EuropeanCyberSecurityMonth is in full swing. Again this year, in October, numerous companies and associations from all over Europe are participating in campaigns to raise awareness of cyber security. Private individuals and companies are sensitized to responsible behaviour in virtual space. Even today, IT security and encryption are still too often neglected. However, it is well known that the need for secure communication is rising rapidly.
With the increasing networking of people and things in everyday life (IoT), the degree of digitization only knows one course – it is growing exponentially. This also increases the demand for encryption concepts and intelligent solutions for secure digitization in almost all areas.
From discounters around the corner to security communication in the secret service – cryptovision GmbH solution concepts find an answer to the dangers of the digital world. This includes the technical security device (TSE) developed for Bundesdruckerei for cash register systems and the VS-NfD approved e-mail and file encryption software GreenShield: In Germany alone, sales tax fraud causes damage worth billions every year. The cryptovision GmbH with its TSE provides more security in the tax system – so that each tax paid by the customer at the cash register arrives at the intended places and does not disappear into private bags.
With the state certified VS-NfD E-Mail and file coding solution GreenShield, the cryptovision GmbH provides safe digital communication in secret protected authorities and enterprises.
Since its establishment in the year 1999 the cv cryptovision GmbH stands for user friendly cryptography solutions. With its well-balanced product range of electronic ID cards, e-mail and file encryption and fiscalisation solutions, cryptovision contributes significantly to the protection of digital identities and communication. The key to the application of security solutions lies in simplicity, user-friendliness and reliability. Therefore, the dynamic 60-person team of cryptovision GmbH is working hard this month to improve existing and develop new user-friendly encryption solutions in order to further optimize our proven products and create new solutions. And so we make – not only in October – our concrete contribution to the EuropeanCyberSecurityMonth!
Did you know that …
1) … only 13.5% of the Germans use end-to-end e-mail encryption? Three-quarters of the Germans consider it important to encrypt their e-mails though. As reasons for not using encryption almost half of the interviewees stated too much effort and lack of knowledge. (Survey Statista March 2018)
2) … 68% of all German companies have been victims of sabotage, data theft or industrial espionage in the past two years? In this way, the German industry suffered a total loss of 43.4 billion Euros. (Bitkom Survey 2018)
3) … there are several laws demanding e-mail encryption (directly or indirectly)?
These include § 203 of the Criminal Code, the EU Data Protection Basic Regulation, the E-Government Act, and the E-Health Act.
If these laws were implemented bindingly, the vast majority of internals would be safe again and industry and states would have to worry less about espionage and betrayal of secrets.
There have long been numerous practicable solutions for e-mail and file encryption:
All common e-mail clients (including Outlook and Notes) have built-in encryption functions, which are sufficient for many purposes. For particularly high security requirements, GreenShield by cryptovision is a convenient and secure solution. Even if VS-NfD approval is not an absolute necessity for every company, GreenShield – once set up – impresses with unmatched user-friendliness and secure encryption with just one click. Besides encrypting e-mails, GreenShield also signs and encrypts files of all kinds.
cryptovision is a strong team. This applies not only to the company’s business fields, electronic identities and cryptography, but also to sporting challenges. For this reason, a cryptovision team took part in the company run (B2Run 2019) in Gelsenkirchen – for the third time in a row. With managing director Markus Hoffmeister as team leader, the run went on a 5.3 kilometer long course with a finish in the Gelsenkirchen soccer stadium. With typical cryptovision virtues, such as fighting spirit and stamina, all 12 cryptovision runners mastered the demanding course confidently, which was subsequently rewarded with medals. In the end, everyone agreed: It was great fun, and next year cryptovision will be at the start again.
B2Run Gelsenkirchen website