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 and 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.