According to a recent study from Juniper Networks, four out of five smartphone and tablet users see the “level of security” as a high priority item when buying and using such devices. More than half of the respondents in the survey want to protect their personal information.
Mike Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager at Juniper Networks noted: “Smartphones and tablets have become the new onramp for information, applications and commerce — yet they are quickly becoming an onramp for security threats as well. Fortunately, users are growing very aware of the security, identity and privacy issues involved. Now the industry needs to step up and make security an integrated part of the mobile experience, not an optional afterthought.”
Interesting to note that even though there is a high concern for security, there seems to be a gap between the level of security users want and how much effort they are prepared to undertake to manage the security levels on their devices. For example, only 24% of those surveyed admitted to frequently changing the security settings of their devices…
Facebook has been dealing with a slew of privacy issues lately. The latest reported problem had to do with Facebook’s most popular applications which sent users’ private information to advertisement companies – even if the privacy settings were set to the highest levels!!!
To address this latest privacy “situation” Facebook is planning to encrypt the user IDs transmitted to third-party web sites.
Social networking usage is surging with Facebook being the dominating force in this area. Privacy of personal information is something that has to be addressed much more seriously because the millions of users expect it.
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Carbon Design Systems launched today “Carbon IP Exchange”, a web portal that allows access to a broad library of system-level models from a variety of IP vendors, including Elliptic Technologies.
The portal is a great enabler for creating virtual platforms for SystemC-based environments to allow SoC system solutions to be modeled, analyzed and designed accurately early in the development cycle.
“Security processors play a vital role in many leading SoC applications,” maintains Rick White, Elliptic Technologies’ CEO. “Carbon IP Exchange enables us to market and distribute models of our security IP to a broader range of customers for evaluation and early firmware development.”
“The bottleneck in creating virtual platforms for system-level use has always been model availability,” states Rick Lucier, chief executive officer (CEO) of Carbon Design Systems. “Carbon IP Exchange eliminates this bottleneck by reducing the time it takes to create virtual platforms for customers from months to days. The combination of Carbon IP Exchange, Carbon Model Studio and SoC Designer Plus gives designers a powerful toolset to efficiently assemble a platform.”
Elliptic has joined the group of endorsers for the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – conducted every October, in an effort to promote better security practices for online activities and to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security.
From home users and schools, to small and major corporations, it is important to get involved, help make the Internet more secure and protect people and information.
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“Security will be most effective when it’s enabled in hardware,” said Intel CEO Paul Otellini at the recent FOCUS 2010 user conference in Las Vegas. Otellini continued, “The combination of Intel and McAfee is about providing greater protection by bringing software and silicon together to do the heavy lifting.”
The deal has yet to formally close but both Otellini and McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt promised there would be plenty to behold “in the next few months.”
Elliptic Technologies today announced that the company has partnered with Carbon Design Systems to translate Elliptic’s portfolio of security IP into system-level models which can be used by SoC architects, hardware and software teams that are working in SystemC environments.
The growing complexity of Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) security solutions has driven the need for close early collaboration between hardware and software architects, and the need to integrate hardware and software IP from many sources. Previously, complex SoC or system solutions could not be modeled accurately early in the development cycle. Increasingly, large designs are being architected in a SystemC environment using a top-down approach so that environments can accurately reflect hardware and software behaviour from the start. This significantly accelerates the trade-off analysis, development, integration and verification of such complex systems. However, taking hardware IP from Register Transfer Level (RTL) format into these environments has been a time consuming and complex engineering task – until now.