Members of international association OSPT™ Alliance have cooperated on a project that will accelerate consumer adoption of near field communication (NFC) services and transform the way that contactless technology is used, by eliminating the complexities associated with traditional business models. The Open Contactless Application Platform is a collaboration between Samsung Semiconductor Europe GmbH, EMoney Group, MS4B and ZeitControl, with support from Deutsche Telekom. Based on CIPURSE, the open standard from OSPT Alliance; the concept has been developed to offer service providers lower upfront costs, a reduced time to market and a faster return on investment when implementing contactless applications, through driving consumer acceptance of NFC.
The FIDO® (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium launched in 2013 to revolutionize online security with open standards for simpler, stronger authentication, introduced the FIDO Cooperation & Liaison Program, inviting associations worldwide to provide their requirements and perspectives to influence development of FIDO standards for universal strong authentication and to learn how their stakeholders can best apply the FIDO standards to their market’s need for moving beyond password security.
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance (https://www.fidoalliance.org/), an industry consortium launched in 2013 to revolutionize online security with open standards for simpler, stronger authentication, announced that the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI-Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) is the latest to join the Alliance under the government membership program launched earlier this year. Through the program, which includes the U.S. and U.K., governments of the world engage directly with the FIDO Alliance to inform the development of FIDO standards and accelerate worldwide adoption.
ENISA releases today the public version of the After Action Report of the pan-European cybersecurity exercise Cyber Europe 2014 (CE2014). This report, approved by the Member States, gives a high-level overview of the complex cybersecurity exercise that was carried out in 2014. The main goal of Cyber Europe 2014 was to train Member States to cooperate during a cyber-crisis. The three-phased exercise provided opportunities to assess the effectiveness of cooperation and escalation procedures during cross-border cyber incidents which impact the security of vital services and infrastructure, while testing national capabilities and contingency plans involving both public and private sector organisations.
OSPT™ Alliance, the international association which provides an open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions, has welcomed TMONET, a mobile payment service and solution provider based in South Korea, as a Full Member. TMONET operates Mobile T-Money, the mobile application of the T-Money payment card launched by its partner, Korea Smart Card Co. (KSCC) in 2004. The service, which has been adopted in South Korea and New Zealand, allows users to make transactions for public transport fare collection and retail via a mobile phone. TMONET holds 90% of the mobile payment market share in Korea, with a service that has been adopted by 3,500,000 users across 45,000 bus and subway gates and 60,000 retail outlets.
Global Platform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, welcomes ITSO Limited as its latest Public Entity Member. ITSO is a non-profit distributing organization that oversees the ITSO Specification (a secure technical electronic platform on which smart ticketing schemes can be built.) for smart ticketing in the United Kingdom. As a Public Entity Member, ITSO will contribute to the GlobalPlatform Advisory Council and take an active interest in the Public Transportation Sub-Task Force that resides within the Mobile Task Force.
The NFC Forum announced new Associate, Implementer, and Non-Profit members from around the world. Representing industries as diverse as automotive electronics, digital imaging, microelectronics, and asset management, the 19 new members include organizations based in Austria, Belarus, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. This growing commitment to NFC comes at a time of accelerating momentum as over two billion NFC devices are expected in the market next year. NFC technology is increasingly integral to consumers’ daily lives, spanning everything from access control, consumer electronics, gaming, and wearables to health care, marketing, retail, payment, and transport.
Tue European Union Agency for Network and Information Security ENISA releases its Annual Activity Report for 2014. The report provides an insight into ENISA’s operations and key programmes in the service of the EU’s cyber security. Throughout this past year, the Agency has built on its renewed regulatory framework actively supporting:
- EU policy building and implementation of EU legislation: ENISA’s work in the context of Article 13a with National Telecom Regulators and European Electronic Communications Service Providers has provided deep insights on root causes of major incidents and best practices. All Member States use ENISA’s technical guidelines in their annual reporting. On standardisation ENISA contributes at the CEN CENELEC ETSI Cyber Security Coordination Group (CSCG) for the development of the CSCG white paper. On Network and Information Security (NIS) the Agency has become a point of reference for European Trust Service Providers (TSPs) on eIDAS security requirements, and the data protection legislation with the reference document on privacy by design. The Agency also supports the EU’s cloud computing strategy and partnership through its work on governmental clouds, and developing best practice in the public and private sector and in particular for SMEs.
- Capacity building of EU Member States within the public and private sector, and raising the level of awareness among EU citizens. The ECSM (European Cyber Security Month) is a known example which takes place across 30 countries; with more than 184 activities and over 2000 twitter followers last year.