Thales News Release

Thales Announces Major Update To Remote HSM Manager For Its Line Of Payments Hardware Security Modules

December 8, 2010

Thales Remote HSM Manager further reduces the cost of managing HSMs

Thales (Paris: HO), leader in information systems and communications security, announces a major update to Thales Remote HSM Manager. Thales customers can now perform all management tasks for their hardware security modules (HSMs), including software updates and loading code and licences, remote from the data centre, providing signification reduction in operating costs.

Hardware security modules (HSMs) play a fundamental role in protecting payment transactions. They normally reside in secure data centres in a number of different locations making their management time consuming, costly and inconvenient. Thales Remote HSM Manager is a highly scalable solution that facilitates the secure remote management of HSMs. This allows routine tasks to be delegated to the lowest trusted entity and therefore largely eliminates the need for the most senior members of the security team to travel to data centres after the initial installation of the HSM. This latest update also allows both code and licences to be loaded remotely. This delivers significant time and cost saving opportunities for the security team, while still maintaining security audit compliance and complementing existing processes and procedures. A single central security team is able to manage multiple HSMs split between various data centres, all without the need to travel.

“For more than 20 years Thales has been at the forefront of security and payments technology securing more than 70 percent of the world’s payment transactions,” says Franck Greverie, Thales vice president in charge of information technology security activities. “Thales Remote HSM Manager further demonstrates this commitment, meeting the high availability and business continuity needs of our customers by giving them complete control of their HSMs 24x7, without any degradation of security or accountability.”

Thales Remote HSM Manager is supported by payShield 9000 and HSM 8000 payment HSM families. The solution is fully compliant with key management standards such as those defined in the PCI PIN Security standard.

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The Information Technology Security activities of Thales provides data encryption solutions to the financial services, high technology manufacturing, government, and technology sectors. With a 40-year track record of protecting corporate and government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies, 22 NATO countries, and they secure more than 70 percent of worldwide payment transactions. Thales has offices in France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom.

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About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2009 the company generated revenues of €12.9 billion, with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.