Cryptography Research Joins Smart Card Alliance

R. A. Hettinga rah at
Tue Aug 3 09:33:52 EDT 2004


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Press Release
Source: Cryptography Research, Inc.

Cryptography Research Joins Smart Card Alliance
Tuesday August 3, 8:10 am ET

Patented Countermeasures Help Industry Protect Against Differential Power
Analysis Security Risks

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Furthering its mission to help the
smart card industry understand, evaluate and implement differential power
analysis (DPA) resistant solutions, Cryptography Research, Inc. today
announced it has joined the Smart Card Alliance, an industry group
committed to the development and deployment of smart cards within the
United States. With its broad portfolio of patents covering countermeasures
to DPA vulnerabilities, Cryptography Research is able to help licensed chip
manufacturers and smart card systems integrators protect their products
against DPA-related security risks.

 "We look forward to working closely with Smart Card Alliance members to
help the industry develop secure products," said Kit Rodgers, director of
licensing at Cryptography Research. "We are excited about contributing to
the Alliance's efforts to increase the success of the North American smart
card market."

"Cryptography Research has long been a pioneer in developing and analyzing
techniques for protecting smart cards against DPA and other attacks," said
Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "I am
pleased to welcome Cryptography Research to the Smart Card Alliance. Their
expertise and innovative contributions to smart card security make them a
significant addition to the group."

Smart Card Security Efforts at Cryptography Research

Cryptography Research develops security technologies that are used in smart
cards. The company's DPA-related patents provide the basis for implementing
effective DPA countermeasures in smart cards and other devices. The company
also provides the DPA Workstation(TM) to help companies improve resistance
to DPA attacks, and to help unlicensed vendors recognize the need to obtain
licenses and protect their products.

Differential power analysis and related attacks were first discovered at
Cryptography Research by Paul Kocher, Joshua Jaffe and Benjamin Jun. DPA
involves monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of smart
cards and other devices then applying advanced statistical methods to infer
secret keys and other information. Effective resistance to DPA is required
to prevent counterfeiting of digital cash, impersonation, piracy of digital
content, election fraud and other attacks.

Cryptography Research has been awarded a portfolio of fundamental patents
covering countermeasures to DPA attacks, including U.S. patents #6,654,884;
#6,539,092; #6,381,699; #6,298,442; #6,327,661; #6,278,783; and #6,304,658.
Other Cryptography Research patents are issued and pending in the United
States, Europe, Japan, Canada and other countries.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association of
over 100 member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of
multiple application smart card technology. Through specific projects such
as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations, and
open forums the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders
and innovative thought. The Alliance also is the single industry voice for
smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart
cards in the U.S. More information about the Alliance is available at .

According to the Smart Card Alliance, in 2003 the United States became the
third largest market for microprocessor-based smart cards in the world,
with more than 70 million smart cards shipped to customers.

About Cryptography Research, Inc.

Cryptography Research, Inc. provides consulting services and technology to
solve complex security problems. In addition to security evaluation and
applied engineering work, CRI is actively involved in long-term research in
areas including tamper resistance, content protection, network security,
and financial services. Security systems designed by Cryptography Research
engineers annually protect more than $60 billion of commerce for wireless,
telecommunications, financial, digital television, and Internet industries.
For additional information or to arrange a consultation with a member of
our technical staff, please contact Jennifer Craft at 415-397-0123, ext.
329 or visit

 Source: Cryptography Research, Inc.

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