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CertiVox acquires crypto tools developer Shamus Software Limited

by david.nunes

CertiVox acquires crypto tools developer Shamus Software Limited 

Well known cryptographer Dr. Michael Scott to lead CertiVox Laboratories 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., and LONDON, UK, 15th December 2011 CertiVox, an information security company, announced today that it has acquired Shamus Software Limited, creator of the renowned MIRACL cryptographic library.


MIRACL (Multiprecision Integer and Rational Arithmetic C/C++ Library) is used by developers in the defense, embedded and mobile systems industries to build highly secure ‘number-theoretic cryptography’ into their hardware and applications and is currently in use at more than 100 of the world’s leading corporations including Microsoft, Siemens and Samsung. As a result of the acquisition, Shamus Software CEO Dr. Michael Scott will join CertiVox as chief cryptographer. Dr. Scott will also serve as the director of CertiVox Laboratories, a Dublin-based center of excellence whose mission will be to promote innovation in the field of elliptic curve and pairing-based cryptography, assist customers in their designs, and further enhance CertiVox’s leading edge in Internet security.


Combining the MIRACL crypto technology with CertiVox’s easy-to-use on-demand encryption key management service means that any cloud service provider, independent software vendor (ISV), communications provider, smart device or semiconductor manufacturer can now offer end-to-end encrypted voice and data communications as value added services to their customers using the key management interoperability protocol (KMIP).


No other company is offering this revolutionary, simple to use technology. The Shamus MIRACL library is considered the best elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) toolkit for building strong security into everything from embedded, constrained systems to enterprise applications. CertiVox’s breakthrough on-demand encryption key generation, distribution and management technology eliminates the complexity associated with traditional public key infrastructures.


MIRACL’s compact, efficient and inline assembly means any type of processor or platform can now achieve the best possible performance. It offers over twenty ECC protocols to provide this powerful security through smaller, more efficient keys that require less computing power and battery resource usage – a trend quickly gaining popularity in mobile and communication devices as well as embedded applications.


Dr Mike Scott said, “With these combined technologies, CertiVox now provides the strongest level of security solutions on the market today for all things Internet. CertiVox’s technology portfolio, including its certificateless encryption and MIRACL toolkit, solves the fundamental problems of secure cloud computing and enables enterprises to now manage and control their encryption keys with a cloud based service.”


Brian Spector, CertiVox CEO, said, “In the age of the advanced persistent threat, end-to-end data encryption is a must have, and business and consumer users are now demanding it not just for email but for all things Internet.  Simple, swift and secure information exchange starting from the point of creation and ending with the point of delivery is the only way to unleash the full promise of cloud computing, which in turn creates a level playing field in today’s global marketplace and protects business and individual privacy.”


“It’s not enough just to have the technology to arm electronic devices for all things Internet with strong cryptography. Businesses also need to have an effective way to manage all the keys as the number of their devices grows exponentially.” Spector said. “CertiVox provides that solution by combining leading encryption-enabling capabilities with simplified key management technology to deliver unique, cutting-edge cryptographic innovations for enterprise cloud computing.”

About Dr. Michael Scott

Prior to joining CertiVox, Dr. Scott was Head of the Dublin City University School of Computing and CEO of Shamus Software Ltd.  He is recognized in the world of cryptography as a leading authority on the subject of elliptic curve and pairing-based cryptography, and in 2002, together with Paulo Barreto and colleagues published one of the seminal papers on the implementation of pairings, “Efficient algorithms for pairing-based cryptosystems.” Now, as director of CertiVox Labs, Dr. Scott will be pioneering the application of the cryptography that he helped to develop.


Shamus boasts one of the most prestigious customer lists in the industry. Its MIRACL toolkit is currently in use by more than 100 of the world’s leading corporations. Its unique design has a self-configuration capability, and can generate optimal settings to achieve the best possible performance from any embedded processor, and its highly efficient code makes MIRACL the fastest library of its kind in the industry.

About CertiVox

CertiVox develops and markets a certificate less encryption as a service platform that provides for management and provisioning of identities, encryption keys and cryptographic protocols that enable governments, enterprises and individuals to secure their information exchanges simply and easily.  CertiVox has headquarters in San Francisco and London. For more information, visit www.CertiVox.com.








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