Cryptography Research upgrades DPA testing tools for growing number of licensees and evaluation labs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., and PARIS, France, — November 6, 2006 — Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a worldwide leader in security systems, today announced a new release of its DPA Workstation™. The DPA Workstation is a smart card security evaluation platform which includes the hardware, software, and training needed to perform a wide range of power analysis and security tests. The upgraded testing suite improves a number of evaluation procedures, including a faster data collection environment, enhanced analysis of very large data sets, improved tools for high-order DPA, and new signal preprocessing.

Smart cards and other tamper resistant devices can be vulnerable to differential power analysis, a non-invasive attack which can be used to extract secret keys. Effective countermeasures are required to prevent payment cards, ID cards, and other devices from fraud and abuse.

"Leading security testing labs and product developers rely on our DPA Workstation platform to simplify DPA testing and validation," said Paul Kocher, President and Chief Scientist at Cryptography Research. "The improvements to the DPA Workstation and the enhancements to our DPA training program are part of our ongoing efforts to support our customers and licensees."

CRI’s DPA Workstation complements the company’s DPA Countermeasure Validation Program — a rigorous testing methodology designed to help chip purchasers and smart card customers identify devices with effective resistance against DPA attacks.

"We are very pleased to offer this advanced setup to organizations that need to analyze countermeasure effectiveness, work with non-standard ciphers, or improve the implementation analysis of asymmetric ciphers like RSA," said Benjamin Jun, VP Technology at CRI. "The new platform enhancements also help accommodate terabyte-scale data sets and simplify the analysis of DPA countermeasure techniques used in modern smart cards."