Intertrust has built its legacy on a cutting edge research and development culture that has pushed the envelope over many years. Our innovations in security and trusted computing are unprecedented, and our award winning scientists continue to invent and develop new ideas that seek to again revolutionize secure computing.

Current Research Areas

Governance and Trust for Big Data Systems

The only way that the Big Data economy will work is if people can trust the computations associated with the vast data sets that underlie them.  Success also involves solving the age-old problems of interoperability, authenticated access and security, this time cast against oceans of data.  We are developing a Trusted Big Data architecture for Big Data systems for DNA and associated healthcare information and also for the vast amounts of data generated by network-connected cars and appliances.

Privacy-driven Targeted Marketing and Analytics

The economic success of the current era of household-name Internet companies is based on user profiling and targeted advertising.  Unfortunately, their user’s privacy is often a victim of their business models.   We have discovered a way to allow highly precise targeted advertising that protects and preserves user data privacy. Furthermore, our data privacy architecture enables app developers, supply side platforms and ad networks to optimize targeting without depending on large platform providers, thereby generating more revenue for themselves – a win-win for marketing and advertising technology providers and consumer privacy alike.

Trust and Security for the Internet of Things

The dream of Internet connected everything is coming true, yet while the world tolerated computer viruses, malware and phishing attacks in the Windows-era, this is totally unacceptable in the age of connected infrastructure.  Digital terror, cyberattack and fraud levied against connected infrastructure would have horrifying consequences.  Securing and trusting everything from lighting to cars to appliances and beyond is a vast distributed secure systems problem.  We are leveraging our 25 years of inventions in distributed trusted computing to achieve IoT security and trust by securing everything from the fingertips of the Internet of Things to the infrastructure and big data systems that manage them, resulting in a secure, trusted and private connected devices.  Our research on IoT security is focused on solving a broad set of key problems in the areas of connected cars, trusted cities and infrastructure, transport, environmental controls, etc.

Bridging Between Offline and Online Worlds

Regardless of how connected things become, people will always be made of flesh and blood and the world will be made from atoms.  We are leading an effort that creates technologies that transduce physical world objects into digital images and back.  We are going beyond the traditional Internet of Things problem, to use commodity connected digital devices to privately and securely track and authenticate the delivery of goods through value chains, verify the integrity of physical objects including but not limited to pharmaceuticals and luxury goods to secure against counterfeiting. Using our offline-to-online secure system, and appropriately outfitted devices, a mother in Africa can verify the integrity of pill bottle for her child’s antibiotics, or a shopper in Hong Kong can use their phone to test that a watch they’re buying is not a fake. The same architecture allows developing countries to build affordable secure ticketing systems for their transport networks, using off the shelf devices and cloud infrastructure.

Intellectual Property

Intertrust holds fundamental patents on trusted computing and Digital Rights Management (DRM) that lie at the heart of modern secure systems, electronic commerce environments, and modern service-enabled devices. Our inventions talk to the fundamentals of systems that protect and manage digital information in connected cars, consumer media, healthcare, enterprise, education, government, smart grids and other next-generation distributed computing platforms. A complete listing of Intertrust’s issued US patents is available from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We count many of the world’s great device manufacturers, service providers, and software platform providers among our licensees. To request more information on licensing Intertrust’s patents or software, click here.

Open Standards

Intertrust plays a major role in defining and driving open standards in its field of digital trust and trusted computing, and its involvement in and support of standards is a key element of its market philosophy. Our efforts help provide the market with open technologies that provide interoperability and help set a level playing field that leads to the development of competitive products and services.  Over the years, we have made fundamental contributions and have participated in standards ranging from MPEG to a variety of music and eBook industry initiatives. In 2005, in partnership with four of the world’s greatest consumer electronics companies, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, and Sony, we founded the Marlin DRM standard to offer an open, simple, consistent digital entertainment experience across a broad set of consumer electronics devices and services. Today, Intertrust is proud to offer the richest solution set for Marlin DRM for both devices and service providers.
  • ExpressPlay offers a comprehensive Marlin-compliant solution with SDKs for mobile apps and embedded devices and a hosted service.
  • Seacert is an authorized Trust Service Provider for the Marlin DRM standard and generates keys and certs for Marlin implementations.
  • whiteCryption provides software protection and whitebox cryptography technologies for Marlin DRM software that helped customers comply with Hollywood’s strict robustness requirements.
  • The HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) initiative harmonizes the delivery of broadcast and broadband entertainment to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes.  Intertrust is an active contributor and provides solutions based on this standard.