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Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)

The Highest Performing, Most Secure Application and Transaction Security Solution for Enterprise & Government Organizations.

What is a Hardware Security Module?

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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 organizations in the world by securely managing, processing, and storing cryptographic keys inside a hardened, tamper-resistant device.

Why Use Hardware Security Modules?

Enterprises buy hardware security modules to protect transactions, identities, and applications because HSMs excel at securing cryptographic keys and provisioning encryption, decryption, authentication, and digital signing services for a wide range of applications.

What Makes Gemalto the Best HSM Vendor?

Gemalto's SafeNet Hardware Security Modules incorporate features developed through extensive operational experience, implementing best practices in hardware, software, and operations that make the deployment of secure HSMs as easy as possible.

SafeNet 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.

With SafeNet Hardware Security Modules, You Can:

  • Offload and accelerate cryptographic operations to a dedicated cryptographic processor that eliminates bottlenecks and maximizes application performance

  • Centralize lifecycle management of cryptographic keys—from generation, distribution, rotation, storage, termination, and archival— in a purpose-built, highly secure appliance

  • Improve profitability and achieve compliance with solutions for 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.

Select Your Hardware Security Module:

General Purpose HSMs

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

SafeNet General Purpose HSMs:

  • SafeNet Network HSM: A network-attached HSM protecting encryption keys used by applications in on-premise, virtual, and cloud environments.

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  • SafeNet PCIe HSM: An embedded HSM that protects cryptographic keys and accelerates sensitive cryptographic operations.

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  • SafeNet USB HSM: An USB-attached HSM that is ideal for storing root cryptographic keys in an offline key storage device.

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Customizeable HSMs

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The SafeNet ProtectServer Hardware Security Module Product Family

  • SafeNet 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.

  • SafeNet Java HSM allows developers to securely deploy Web applications, Web services and other Java applications in a protected hardened security appliance.

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Financial & Payment HSMs

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SafeNet Payment Hardware Security Modules support the security needs of retail payment processing environments, internet payment applications, and web-based PIN delivery.

SafeNet's Payment Hardware Security Modules:

  • SafeNet Payment HSM is a network-attached hardware security module (HSM) designed for retail payment system processing environments for credit, debit, e-purse and chip cards, as well as internet payment applications.

  • SafeNet PIN Delivery is a secure Web-based PIN issuance and management solution that eliminates the need for expensive, insecure, and time-consuming paper-based PIN delivery to customers.

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HSM Management

Crypto Command Center IconManaging hardware security modules virtually is now not only possible, but easy for administrators. With SafeNet Crypto Command Center, organizations easily provision crypto resources for their SafeNet HSMs and reduce IT infrastructure costs.

Combining SafeNet Crypto Command Center with our SafeNet 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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HSM Resources

As a pioneering developer of HSMs, SafeNet has been bringing secure HSMs to market since 1994. SafeNet HSM products incorporate features developed through extensive operational experience. To learn more, please refer to our resources below.

What is an HSM?


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White Paper - Intro Crypto Command Center HSM Provisioning Cloud

Crypto Command Center represents a revolution in provisioning cryptographic resources, and firmly plants the HSM and its associated key management and cryptographic functions in the evolving cloud and virtual world.

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Family Brochure - SafeNet HSMs: True Hardware-Based Key Management

Ranked #1 in the market worldwide, SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) provide reliable protection for transactions, identities, and applications by securing cryptographic keys and provisioning encryption, decryption, authentication, and digital signing services. Robust FIPS and Common Criteria validation makes SafeNet HSMs tamper-resistant.

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Product Brief - SafeNet Network HSM

SafeNet Network HSM is the choice for enterprises requiring strong cryptographic security for paper-to-digital initiatives, digital signatures, DNSSEC, hardware key storage, transactional acceleration, certificate signing, code or document signing, bulk key generation, data encryption, and more.

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White Paper - Securing HSM Connections in Virtual Environments

The threat of a stolen computer has always been a security concern for Enterprises. In most IT environments today that could apply to everything from personal smartphones/PDAs, laptops, and personal computers up to large server platforms. This form of attack has, until recently, necessitated the physical theft of the computer.

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White Paper - HSM: Critical to Information Risk Management

The volume of information is mushrooming and being transformed from paper to digital form at an alarming rate with no end in sight. Properly addressing security threats to all of this data requires proper cryptographic key storage and management.

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Product Brief - Crypto Resource Management with Crypto Command Center

Together SafeNet Crypto Command Center and SafeNet HSMs combine to form one complete, centralized solution for the management of your crypto HSM resources – a crypto hypervisor. Deliver on-demand, elastic key vaulting and encryption services for data protection in minutes instead of days, while maintaining full control of your encryption services and data.

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