SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) are dedicated systems that physically and logically secure the cryptographic keys that are at the heart of digital signatures.
How HSMs Are Used for Electronic Invoicing:
- Electronic invoices are digitally signed with a secure private signing key, which requires an HSM capable of performing certificate authority management tasks.
- The HSM stores the keys within the secure confines of the appliance throughout the key life cycle.
- The HSM enables the organization to secure digitally certified invoices and to cryptographically bind the identity of the certifying party to the invoice.
By storing cryptographic keys in a centralized, hardened device, HSMs can eliminate the risks associated with having these assets housed on disparate, poorly secured platforms. In addition, this centralization can significantly streamline security administration.