Hardware Security Module – HSM

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"HSM usage is no longer limited to traditional use cases such as public key infrastructure (PKI), databases, application and network encryption (TLS/SSL). The demand for trusted encryption for new digital initiatives has driven significant HSM growth for big data encryption (up 17%) code signing (up 12%), IoT root of trust (up 10%) and document signing (up 7%). Additionally, 35% of respondents report using HSMs to secure access to public cloud applications."

(Ponemon 2020 Global Encryption Trends Study – nCipher)

Hardware Security Modules provide protection and strong authentication with cryptographic processing and the use of digital keys inside a physical computing device. This device offers an isolated tamperproof environment which can create and secure cryptographic keys, protect critical cryptographic operations, while enforcing self-implemented policies over these important encryption keys.

Hardware Security Modules can be used in various industries to meet security compliance requirements and securely protect data. For instance, the payment card industry released the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 3.0 (PCI DSS) involving vigorous steps on accepting, acquiring, transmitting, processing, or storing cardholder data. HSM’s enable a business to meet all of these PCI DSS requirements and securely protect sensitive data.

Our Expertise :

We are experienced in working with HSMs and assessing the maturity of the HSM environment. We’ll look at your specific use case, your business requirements, your key management goals and provide recommendations for current and future HSM initiatives. By partnering with the industry’s market leaders in HSM technology, we operate with the latest software releases, best feature/functionality, and top engineering support. This approach enables our customers to achieve their key protection goals without pitfalls and restarts.

What We Offer :

Infrastructure Assessment

Encryption Consulting can help you assess your current Hardware Security Module (HSM) infrastructure while applying the best practices of the market leading HSMs.

Below are the objectives of a Hardware Security Module(HSM) Assessment. We strive to follow every objective on every engagement:

  • Understand the current state of HSM systems, processes, and use cases across the organization
  • Assess the maturity of the HSM environment against a defined framework and comparative organizations
  • Provide observations and recommendations regarding current and future HSM initiatives to help achieve customer's desired future state capabilities

Design / Implementation

Encryption Consulting has 10+ years of experience working with, designing and implementing estates of Thales-SafeNet, nCipher, and Utimaco hardware security modules. We help customers achieve FIPS 140-L2/L3 level certified protection by following the best practices of the industry.

Case Study

Encryption Consulting assisted a Healthcare and Life Science Company by reviewing current practices...

"An HSM is also known as Secure Application Module (SAM), Secure Cryptographic Device (SCD), Hardware Cryptographic Device (HCD), or Cryptographic Module. It is a secure, tamper-resistant cryptographic processor designed specifically to protect the life cycle of cryptographic keys and to execute encryption and decryption routines. It provides a high level of security in terms of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of cryptographic keys and any sensitive data processed."

David Acosta, Advanto - April 2020

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Global Encryption Trends Study

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