To control access to sensitive data, organizations require user credentials. Deploying a sound credential management system—or several credential management systems—is critical to secure all systems and information. Authorities must be able to create and revoke credentials as customers and employees come and go or simply change roles, and as business processes and policies evolve. Furthermore, the rise of privacy regulations and other security mandates increases the need for organizations to demonstrate the ability to validate the identity of online consumers and internal privileged users.
Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) are hardened, tamper-resistant hardware devices that strengthen encryption practices by generating keys, encrypting and decrypting data, and creating and verifying digital signatures. Some hardware security modules (HSMs) are certified at various FIPS 140-2 Levels.
While it’s possible to deploy a credential management platform in a purely software-based system, this approach is inherently less secure. Token signing and encryption keys handled outside the cryptographic boundary of a certified HSM are significantly more vulnerable to attacks that could compromise the token signing and distribution process. HSMs are the only proven and auditable way to secure valuable cryptographic material and deliver FIPS-approved hardware protection.
HSMs enable your enterprise to:
Secure your data, comply with regulatory and industry standards, and protect your organization’s reputation. Learn how Thales can help.