Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)

Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)

Safeguard your sensitive data with Thales HSMs – the foundation of digital trust.

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What do Hardware Security Modules do?

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A Hardware Security Module (HSM) is a dedicated crypto processor that is specifically designed for the protection of the crypto key lifecycle. Hardware Security Modules act as trust anchors that protect the cryptographic infrastructure of some of the most security-conscious organisations in the world by securely managing, processing and storing cryptographic keys inside a hardened, tamper-resistant device.

What is the purpose of Hardware Security Modules?

Enterprises buy Hardware Security Modules to protect transactions, identities and applications, as HSMs excel at securing cryptographic keys and provisioning encryption, decryption, authentication and digital signing services for a wide range of applications.

What Makes Thales the Best HSM Vendor?

Thales Hardware Security Modules provide the highest level of security by always storing cryptographic keys in hardware. They provide a secure crypto foundation as the keys never leave the intrusion-resistant, tamper-evident, FIPS-validated appliance. Since all cryptographic operations occur within the HSM, strong access controls prevent unauthorised users from accessing sensitive cryptographic material. Thales also implements operations that make the deployment of secure HSMs as easy as possible. They are integrated with Thales Crypto Command Centre for quick and easy crypto resource partitioning, reporting and monitoring.

Thales HSMs adhere to rigorous design requirements and must pass through stringent product verification testing, followed by real-world application testing to verify the security and integrity of every device.

Thales HSMs are cloud agnostic and are the HSM of choice for Microsoft, AWS and IBM, providing a 'rentable' Hardware Security Module (HSM) service that dedicates a single-tenant appliance located in the cloud for customer cryptographic storage and processing needs.

With Thales Hardware Security Modules, you can:

  • Address compliance requirements with solutions for Blockchain, GDPR, IoT, paper-to-digital initiatives, PCI DSS, digital signatures, DNSSEC, hardware key storage, transactional acceleration, certificate signing, code or document signing, bulk key generation, data encryption and more.
  • Keys are generated and always stored in the intrusion-resistant, tamper-evident, FIPS-validated appliance, providing the strongest levels of access controls.
  • Create partitions with a dedicated Security Office per partition and segment through admin key separation.

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Thales Luna General Purpose HSMs:

Available in a wide range of form factors and performance options, Thales Luna General Purpose HSMs safeguard the cryptographic keys used to secure transactions, applications and sensitive data.

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What is a Hardware Security Module?

HSM Solutions

Thales Luna Network HSM

Thales Luna Network HSM is a network-attached HSM protecting encryption keys used by applications in on-premises, virtual and cloud environments. Thales Luna Network HSMs are both the fastest and most secure HSMs on the market. Increase your return on investment by allowing multiple applications or business units to share a common HSM platform.


Thales Luna PCIe HSM

An embedded HSM, Thales Luna PCIe HSM protects cryptographic keys and accelerates sensitive cryptographic operations. The ideal solution for dedicated performance or application security use cases.

Thales Luna HSM Solutions

Thales Luna USB HSM

Thales Luna USB HSM is an USB-attached HSM that is ideal for storing root cryptographic keys in an offline key storage device. Easy implementation for proof of concepts.

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Thales Luna Payment HSM

Thales Luna Payment Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) are network-attached HSMs designed for retail payment system processing environments for credit, debit, e-purse and chip cards, as well as internet payment applications.

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Thales ProtectServer HSM

Available in network attached and PCIe form factors, Thales ProtectServer Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) are designed to protect cryptographic keys against compromise while providing encryption, signing and authentication services to secure Java and sensitive web applications.

Thales ProtectServer HSMs offer a unique level of flexibility for application developers to create their own firmware and execute it within the secure confines of the HSM. Known as functionality modules, the toolkits provide a comprehensive facility to develop and deploy custom firmware.

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Thales Crypto Command Centre

Managing Hardware Security Modules virtually is now not only possible, but easy for administrators. With Thales Crypto Command Center, organisations easily provision and monitor crypto resources for their Thales Luna Network HSMs and reduce IT infrastructure costs.

Combining Thales Crypto Command Center with our Thales HSMs, IT departments can leverage a crypto hypervisor to deliver on-demand, elastic cryptographic services for data protection via cloud environments.

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Luna Cloud HSM

Luna Cloud HSM services are available on the Thales Data Protection on Demand (DPoD) online marketplace. With Luna Cloud HSM services, customers can store and manage cryptographic keys, establishing a common root of trust across all applications and services, while retaining complete control of their keys at all times. HSMs are also used to perform cryptographic operations such as encryption / decryption of data encryption keys, protection of secrets (passwords, SSH keys, etc.) and more, across environments.

Enjoy the flexibility to move freely between cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments for cloning, backup and more in a purpose-built hybrid solution while always remaining in control with Thales hybrid Luna HSMs.

Luna Backup HSM Solutions

Luna Backup HSM Solutions

Thales offers flexible options to help maintain business continuity, with offline backup HSM and cloud backup HSM solutions that follow security best practices by maintaining keys in hardware throughout their lifecycle, protecting those keys even when not in use and reducing the attack surface.

Post-Quantum Risk Assessment

Post-Quantum Risk Assessment

In just 5 minutes you will gain a better understanding of your organisation's post-quantum breach risk.

Thales HSMs Play Well with Others

A broad range of innovative technology partners utilise Thales Hardware Security Modules as roots of trust, relied upon to secure sensitive data, transactions, applications and more around the world.

HSM Partner – AWS
HSM Partner – Box
HSM Partner – IBM
HSM Partner – Microsoft
HSM Partner – Oracle


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