Cloakware Introduces High-Security Software Solutions for North American Cable Operators

December 3, 2008

VIENNA, Va., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Cloakware Inc., the provider of proven
software solutions for securing business and digital assets, has announced
that its technology will now be made available to cable operators and
conditional access (CA) vendors to address requirements for highly effective,
software-based security to enable development of low-cost set-top boxes for
the North American market. Cloakware simultaneously announced that Irdeto,
one of the world’s leading experts in content and business model protection
solutions and services, will be the first CA provider to offer the technology
as part of its solution to customers who require more robust content
protection. Cloakware solutions are deployed in more than one billion software
instances worldwide, on PC applications and in devices including mobile
phones, portable media players and set-top boxes.

Cloakware technology also provides extra protection in security systems
associated with device drivers, games, digital rights management (DRM) and
other content protection applications. Designed to provide a more flexible
solution than is possible with conditional access smart cards or embedded CA
microchips, it uses white-box cryptography to protect encryption key
algorithms under the most severe attack scenarios. A layering of several
separate technologies protects against a full range of attack methods. Such a
high level of protection creates new options for the deployment of
next-generation set-top boxes and services.

A potential cable industry use of the technology is with low cost set-tops
called DTAs (digital terminal adapters) that are currently being considered by
operators as they transition to digital and seek a method of protecting both
basic and eventually higher tier content without incurring high set-top box
costs. In addition, Cloakware technology can be used by the cable industry for
home gateway applications where content is delivered to consumer devices
around the home. Cloakware hardens the DTCP-IP (Digital Transmission Content
Protection over IP) standard used to secure premium content as it is shared
over a home network.

“For the DTA application, we have taken a balanced approach that delivers
an appropriate level of security while maintaining the lowest possible cost,”
said Trevor Izsak, director for business and market development for Cloakware.
“Yet we have designed the solution to be able to be upgraded in the field over
time. Significant cost advantages can be achieved through this approach –
providing extremely high levels of security for a CA protection system without
requiring the use of security-specific processing hardware in the set-top. We
also participate in the home networking area with hardening of the DTCP-IP
standard which has been approved by CableLabs. Our solutions are helping CA
vendors and operators alike to achieve a more sustainable security model while
lowering costs and reducing time to market.”

“We believe Cloakware has the security solutions that the cable industry
needs to deploy their next generation initiatives and we look forward to
partnering with operators to help them do that,” said Andrew Wajs, CTO of the
Irdeto Group. “We are particularly pleased that Irdeto will be the first
conditional access provider to bring the Cloakware solution to market in North

“The industry is constantly looking for ways to protect itself against
hackers who keep finding new, ingenious ways of gaining access to encryption
keys,” said Zoltan Costin, North American Business Development Manager for
Irdeto. “We believe this solution will find great interest among both
operators and content providers, particularly with their next-gen

About Cloakware

Cloakware, an Irdeto company and part of the Naspers group, provides
innovative, secure, proven software technology solutions that enable customers
to protect business and digital assets in enterprise, consumer and government
markets. Cloakware’s two main product lines include; Cloakware Datacenter
Solutions which help organizations meet governance, risk management and
compliance (GRC) objectives for privileged password management while ensuring
business continuity and the security of mission-critical data and IT
infrastructure. Cloakware Consumer Product Solutions protect software and
content on PCs, set-top boxes, mobile phones and media players. Protecting
more than one billion deployed applications, Cloakware is the security
cornerstone of many of the world’s largest, most recognizable and
technologically advanced companies. Headquartered in Vienna, VA and Ottawa,
, Cloakware has regional sales offices worldwide.

About Irdeto

Irdeto empowers companies to protect and monetize their digital assets and
maximize return on content with innovative and reliable software technologies,
end-to-end solutions and services. The company’s products include conditional
access, digital rights management, business support systems, set-top box
software solutions. Through group company Cloakware, it provides software and
datacenter security solutions, while Entriq delivers content management and
distribution solutions and services. More than 500 customers worldwide trust
Irdeto to secure and enable the delivery of their valuable content across
digital broadcast, IP, mobile, enterprise and government networks. Irdeto
solutions currently enable simple to advanced business models on more than one
billion devices and applications.

Founded in 1969, Irdeto employs over 900 people in 26 offices across the
globe, including the dual corporate headquarters in Amsterdam and Beijing. The
company is a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN), which
includes a wide range of pay TV, Internet, instant-messaging, technology and
publishing businesses. For more information, please visit

    Media Contacts:

    Jim Carlson
    Carlson & Co. Public Relations
    T: (303) 221-8133
    C: (720) 220-7753

    Lisa Spencer
    Cloakware Inc.
    +1 866-465-4517 Ext. 277

SOURCE Cloakware Inc.

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