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Inside Secure buys Metaforic, banks on host card emulation

08 Apr 2014  | Julien Happich

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Founded in 2006, Metaforic took the gold award at last year's American Technology Awards in the Cyber Security category for its self-defending software immune system dubbed Metaforic Core.

The Metaforic software analyses code transparently as it runs, with thousands of so-called antibody agents distributed throughout the code to check the program and each other. While impacting computing performance by less than 1 per cent, Metaforic antibodies are said to be resistant to detection and automated removal techniques, and if any change is made to the executable, multiple antibodies detect the change and respond.

Another interesting product now in Inside Secure's portfolio is Metaforic's code concealer, which enables software developers to hide sensitive data such as encryption keys in software and to obfuscate sensitive code. In short, code disassembly and dissemination are used to make the software more difficult to understand and to reverse-engineer. This code concealment approach can be hardened with the software immunisation described above.

The acquisition will not only expand Inside Secure's IP licensing revenues, it brings in Metaforic's know-how and customer base in the mobile and payment industries. Over the last two years, Inside Secure was licensing Metaforic's technology for its content protection (DRM) solutions.

Inside Secure CEO Remy de Tonnac is a firm believer of HCE-based, cloud-based mobile payment solutions, which he expects to become mainstream since they have been endorsed by Visa and MasterCard.

"The Metaforic acquisition is superbly aligned with Inside Secure's strategy. It will uniquely position Inside Secure as the only company able to provide security solutions for enterprise secure access, digital entertainment and financial services markets, the three key market drivers for mobile security," Tonnac said in a statement.

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