14 September 2015   
RISE Security Experts discover security issue in TLS

esse_tls_iconESSE, the security team of RISE, discovered a new critical vulnerability in the ageing TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol. The vulnerability has been presented at an international IT Security conference. TLS, which is better known as HTTPS (when paired with HTTP), and also known as SSL (Secure Socket Layer), is one of the most important and most used security protocols on the Internet. For example, TLS is widely and worldwide employed by e-banking systems.

The newly discovered weakness allows to open supposedly securely encrypted TLS communication to full-blown Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks: The attack allows hackers to eavesdrop on private communication data and even modify sensitive data arbitrarily while in transit. The work of the security researchers of RISE closed a crucial security vulnerability. By making the technical details of the attack public, RISE helps to ensure that the weakness will not resurface in new systems. Among others, Apple’s own TLS library was affected. This allowed an attacker to compromise connections from Apple’s MAC OS X devices to sites such as Facebook. This backdoor has been closed! Facebook has appreciated our efforts with a bug bounty -- a global award.

More information and technical details https://kcitls.org/.

26 June 2015   
And the “Austrian IT-Oscar” goes to: RISE - For “The Digital Facility Manager – More than the bulletin board of the 21st Century.”

dhm-news-very-smallOn 25 June 2015 the best consulting- and IT-projects were awarded with the Constantinus Award, the leading national award for knowledge-based services in Austria, for the thirteenth time. More than 100 projects were submitted and evaluated by a jury team of 70 experts. RISE won with their digital facility management system called “The Digital Facility Manager”, which was engineered for Gemeinnützige Wohnbaugenossenschaft Wien-Süd, a charitable housing cooperative. The customer is  the manager and constructor of more than 40.000 apartments in Austria. The developed system digitalizes communication and logistics for tenants and administration, and is already integrated in all new buildings that are co-created by the innovative thinking company Wien-Süd. The product “The Digital Facility Manager” is a joint production of the responsible executive of Wien-Süd, Dr. Fritz Klocker and of our innovative strength, which has been nourished by many years of know-how and experience of the IPRs of RISE. “The Digital Facility Manager” covers a broad functional spectrum, starting from the access to the laundry rooms and sauna, tenant communication up to a Lost and Found feature. Based on the initial ideas of Dr. Klocker, this system provides tenants all amenities of many services combined in one single tool. RISE added vital innovation and by doing so, RISE made a bold and persuasive step into the future.

See more at constantinus.net

25 March 2015   
Who is a pioneer in "Connected Car Privacy" for VW?

VW CodefestFrom March 6 – 8, 2015 the preliminary rounds of the VW codeFEST8 were held concurrently at eight universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Within the theme "Mobility of the Future", a team of enthusiasts, all of them also employees of RISE, took up the challenge. After a sleep-deficient weekend and within just 28 hours, the team was able to implement a connected car data transmission protocol for external service providers. The idea included a “blind” data hub, that should collect all data without being able to “see” it in order to create an advanced data security. The highest level of compliance with data protection and privacy requirements convinced the jury for them and their idea.

At the grand finale of codeFEST8 taking place at the CeBIT in Hannover on March 18, 2015 four team members, current PhD students, presented their idea and implementation about privacy and self-determination to a jury within just 60 seconds. The team was very excited about the opportunity to take part in this event and evidently to raise awareness about the issue across all departments. RISE is very proud to have such ambitious employees, who made it in the finals at CeBIT 2015.



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