Solidcore Systems Forms Embedded Change Control Advisory Council

Solidcore(R) Systems, Inc., a leading provider of change control for critical systems, announced the creation of an embedded change control advisory council with members that include key representatives from Solidcore’s partner Microsoft, as well as Solidcore customers Confirma, NCR, NEC, StoreNext, and Wyse Technology. The advisory council will help drive new innovations in change control, and will work to accelerate the adoption of common standards for locking down and controlling change on embedded systems in diverse vertical markets.

Embedded devices have become more interconnected and reliant on commoditized hardware running commercial or open operating systems. While this has provided greater flexibility for software selection, faster time to market, and mid-cycle adoption of new technologies, it has also made systems vulnerable to malicious software installations and unauthorized changes as they flow through a multi-party distribution channel. Additionally, these remote systems are often difficult to patch with critical software updates, leaving them vulnerable to both existing and zero-day threats. Change control provides update-free control over what software can run, ensuring continuous system uptime and integrity. This eliminates emergency patching and the need to run performance-draining anti-virus software.

Solidcore’s embedded change control advisory council will combine the expertise and know-how of its member representatives to develop common standards for applying change control to embedded systems. The efforts of the council will help embedded device manufactures improve the availability of their systems while reducing the costs to support the devices, and help device buyers achieve higher availability, better security and out-of-the-box compliance for field use. The founding members of Solidcore’s embedded change control advisory council include:

  • Pascal Martin – general manager at Microsoft
  • Paul Budak – vice president of research and development at Confirma
  • Jim Kirkhope – senior global product manager at NCR
  • Hiroshi Komura – general manager of the i-Appliance division for NEC Infrontia
  • Tony van Seventer – vice president of marketing and products at StoreNext Retail Technologies
  • Tarkan Maner – president and CEO of Wyse Technology

“Solidcore has been at the forefront of providing change control for the world’s most critical embedded systems, including automated teller machines, point-of-sale systems, medical modalities and thin-client computers,” said Rosen Sharma, president and CEO of Solidcore. “We are excited to bring together these leaders in embedded system technology, and look forward to working with each of them to improve the operational integrity and security of embedded systems with better change control.”

Solidcore’s change control software is the first and only solution that runs transparently on embedded systems to prevent unauthorized and out-of-policy software changes in a multi-party distribution channel. Solidcore enables manufacturers of embedded solutions to reduce field maintenance activities caused by inappropriate and out-of-policy software modifications. Change control makes embedded systems “channel friendly” by ensuring only software updates and changes authorized by the embedded device manufacturer are applied to the device. Change control also eliminates the need to maintain and run performance-draining anti-virus software applications on an embedded device by preventing any unauthorized code from executing on the device.

About Solidcore Systems
Solidcore is a leading provider of change control for critical systems. Solidcore is used by major manufacturers of automated teller machines, point-of-sale terminals, medical devices, thin-clients, storage appliances and other devices to securely leverage open systems while controlling support costs. In an enterprise environment, Solidcore’s S3 Control software is the industry’s first and only solution to automate the enforcement of change management policies. Solidcore automatically reconciles infrastructure changes against change tickets, and provides real-time change auditing so enterprises can measure the effectiveness of change management processes and policies. Customers trust Solidcore to improve service availability, implement ITIL initiatives, and lower costs related to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Solidcore is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

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