Surgical Theater Protects their Medical Applications with Dotfuscator
How It All Started
How is flying a fighter plane similar to performing neurosurgery? They have more in common than you’d think. In 2005, Monty Avisar and Alon Geri, two Israeli fighter pilots were assigned to work with Lockheed Martin to build a $50 million F-16 Flight Simulator program for the Israeli Air Force to improve hand-eye coordination skills for their pilots during combat. Avisar took on the role of project manager and Geri served as senior engineer; the project was a success.
Four years later in 2009, the two finished their military service in Israel and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Their experience working in virtual reality applications inspired them to wonder where this technology could also be applied. With several connections to surgeons, the two came to understand the ins and outs of operation procedures; in a similar way, surgeons were also working on a battlefield. What if surgeons could also train like fighter pilots and preview their surgical procedure, much like a fighter pilot could pre-fly their mission? The surgeons could pre-plan the operation from every angle and every approach to increase their situational awareness. And a year later, Surgical Theater was born.
In the months since we released the Dotfuscator 6 beta, we’ve been hard at work finishing the feature set, fixing issues, and putting on the final touches in preparation for the full release. Now, we are happy to announce the full availability of Dotfuscator 6!
PreEmptive is dedicated to protecting your apps, wherever and however they are built. Our recent release of the Dotfuscator 6.0 beta adds cross-platform support, allowing you to protect your application on other platforms besides Windows. This allows for intuitive integration into Xamarin.iOS projects on macOS.
Today we're announcing the first new major-version release of Dotfuscator in thirteen years: Dotfuscator Professional 6.0 Beta. It's an exciting new release with major new capabilities, but before we get into that, let's take a look at why it's been so long since we had a major release and why we're choosing to do one now.
For development teams, adding Dotfuscator to a build pipeline can often seem like a challenge; the value it adds is mostly gained by the surrounding business, and the cost of adding it is mostly borne by the development team. We understand that constraint, which is why we focus on making Dotfuscator as easy to integrate and maintain as possible. If you're a long-time user of Dotfuscator, you've probably experienced that - release after release of painless upgrades. That's our "first do no harm" philosophy in action.
PreEmptive has partnered with Microsoft for 16 years and we’ve been involved with .NET since before version 1.0 shipped. From that perspective, it’s hard for us to pinpoint a time where the energy and enthusiasm in the .NET community has been higher than it is now. Over the past few years, Microsoft has put together the annual .NET Conf, completely online with viewers, participants, and local events all over the world. The event is virtual and streamed live over three days.
The big news at this year's .NET Conf was the launch of .NET Core 3, the next step in the continued evolution of .NET. .NET Core 3 is a huge effort, with many moving parts, and Microsoft announced many related releases to support it. Highlights for us included:
In a recent developer survey, Xamarin.Android developers were 50% less likely to have included rooted device detection or anti-tamper prevention as their Java Android peers were. Yet, both sets of apps are being deployed through the same marketplaces onto the same devices and are governed by the same regulations (PCI, GDPR, HIPAA to name just a few that expect these kinds of controls).Why are more Xamarin.Android apps going unprotected?
Whether you're using Azure Pipelines, TeamCity, Jenkins, or your local dev machine, Dotfuscator Professional is easier to integrate than ever before.
Last August, we released an easier, better way to integrate Dotfuscator into your build process. We quickly followed that with new instructions for Xamarin integration - making Dotfuscator the easiest-to-integrate (and still most-effective!) Xamarin protection product, by far.
Today, we're releasing a suite of features and components that make it much easier to provision Dotfuscator into your continuous integration environment, making it easy to use in your automated build, too.
Dotfuscator Pro 4.39 includes MUCH simpler Xamarin Project integration and Anti-tamper and Rooted device controls for Xamarin.Android
Dotfuscator 4.39, available for download, now includes Anti-tamper controls for Xamarin.Android. This feature adds to the growing list of run-time detection and response features that have rapidly emerged as standard controls required for every Android app processing sensitive information or secure transactions.
This release comes less than three weeks after Version 4.38 dramatically simplified the configuration of Dotfuscator within Xamarin projects and just a few months after Dotfuscator added Rooted Device detection and defense controls.