Hardware Security Module (HSM)
A hardware security module (HSM) is a type of crypto processor designed only to protect the crypto key lifecycle and cryptographic infrastructure in most companies with high-security level policies. The hardware security module ensures the encrypted data’s security by managing, processing, and storing the cryptographic keys in a specifically designed device. Enterprises with high-security requirements acquire hardware security modules to protect their transactions and identities.
HSM solutions use physical security measures, logical security controls, and strong encryption to protect enterprise data. It is trusted because it is built on top of specialized hardware tested and certified by special laboratories to have no viruses, malware, exploits, and unauthorized access.
Since hardware security modules are equipped to actively hide and protect cryptographic data and functions, they can be employed in applications that use digital keys. Many organizations often operate a variety of hardware security modules concurrently to protect the cryptographic keys associated with their data.
Cryptographic modules do not hold any value if their key is not well protected. So it is essential to keep the keys secure from the attackers’ access. Today hackers are able to breach complicated security measurements and get access to the location of the key is stored or even in use.HSMs are currently the highest security measures to protect private keys and the associated cryptographic operation.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HARDWARE SECURITY MODULE (HSM) SOLUTIONS
Hardware security modules offer enhanced and extended security for a wide range of operations performing under encryption digital settings. As a security-conscious organization, you can solve the challenges associated with security, compliance, data, and data control using hardware security module solutions.
A good hardware security module solution can perform thousands of cryptographic operations per second for high-performance use cases like key management, key exchange, encryption, etc. Additionally, these keys comply with GDPR, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and more.
You can also share hardware security modules across applications to reduce audit and compliance costs and burdens and efficiently administer resources on your entire IT infrastructure. Newer versions of hardware security modules also allow you to manage them remotely.
hardware security modules are adopted to secure cryptographic keys and provide encryption, decryption, authentication, and digital signing services for various applications. These solutions also provide high-volume protection, like the protection of SSL/TLS keys and high-volume code signing.
These hardware appliances provide the highest level of physical security. HSMs meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation criteria certified by internationally recognized laboratories. HSMs also allow support for Public-Key Cryptography Standard (PKCS) #11, Microsoft Cryptographic Application Programming Interface (CAPI), Cryptography API Next Generation (CNG), Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA), Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) and other APIs for integration and custom application development.
HSMs support general-purpose and specialized functions required to process transactions and comply with industry standards. For example, specialized HSMs are used in the payment card industry. Such hardware security modules are validated with requirements defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.
HOW IVALUE CAN HELP
iValue offers enhanced protection for cryptographic keys – a dedicated crypto processor specifically designed to protect the crypto key lifecycle. Our HSM solution will guard encryption keys through every stage of their lifecycle, including creation, import, export, usage, rotation, destruction, and auditing.
We can support your adoption of HSM solutions in the cloud or hybrid environments. We enforce consistent, centralized, and secure means to manage encryption keys. Our solutions provide encryption and tokenization services for optimal performance and to meet all compliance requirements.
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