Java Card Forum

The Java Card Forum is an industry association of companies from the smart card, secure operating system and secure silicon industry, working together to promote and develop Java as the preferred programming language for multi-application smart cards, secure devices and other execution environments.

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE 2020

JCF addresses key security challenges at its virtual Plenary meeting

The JCF held its 2nd Annual Plenary Meeting from October 13th to 15th, 2020. This was the opportunity to reflect on the Java Card 3.1 specification released a little less than two years ago and prepare for the new challenges ahead.

As Java Card is more and more deployed for the security of IoT devices, key features have been discussed for this market, such as the improved control of sensors or actuators, more efficient protocols and transports, as well as improved power management features for the power constrained IoT devices. The requirements imposed by the trend for some markets of moving the platform from a dedicated secure element to the system-on-chip, also known as the integrated secure element, were discussed.

The impact of post-quantum cryptography was addressed, in anticipation of the upcoming standards and regulations around the world. Several regional initiatives are progressing fast, such as the NIST PQC standard contest entering the third selection round with a handful of candidates, or the German BSI recently issued recommendations. As Java Card is deployed on billions of secure devices and this trend is most likely to continue, the support of post-quantum cryptography is a key requirement.

Finally, the support of TLS 1.3 was debated, as this new release is gaining fast adoption and the TLS protocol is at the center of end-to-end security in numerous use cases, especially IoT.

The virtual meeting was also the opportunity to reflect on past achievements and recognising outstanding contributors. This year, this is with great pleasure that I have seen the Bertrand Award awarded to Volker Gerstenberger, our past President who contributed to a large extent to so many aspects of the Java Card Forum for the past 20 years.

Once again, the Java Card Forum has proven to be an amazing place to drive the evolution of the Java Card technology: to meet future challenges to remain this open, trusted and interoperable security platform that is Java Card.

Yours truly,
Jean-Daniel Aussel
President of the Java Card Forum

Author: Karen B

Karen has been working in the high-tech industry for over 20 years covering system support, event management, corporate publishing and secretariat support for special interest groups. As well as running the UK office, she is the Marketing & Operations Secretariat for the Java Card Forum. She is currently based in the UK.

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