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Hardware Security Modules

What is a Hardware Security Module?

Hardware Security Module means Hardware Security Mode and is also known under the abbreviation HSM. It is a so-called peripheral device that is used in the environment of a computer, for example to secure its data exchange.

The HMS can be used in different forms:

  • as a classical module
  • as an independent device
  • as token (for the authentication of users with access rights)
  • as a smart card (the small cards with the microchip, which are used for example for payment)

Tip!

For information on which HSM variant is best suited for the respective application, specialists are the ideal contacts.

Securing cryptographic processes

A Hardware Security Module guarantees high benefits when cryptographic methods are used. These are encryptions with which data exchange is handled securely and reliably. In the age of the DSGVO (the basic data protection regulation of the EU), it is particularly important to ensure the protection of sensitive (personal and financial) data in sensitive transactions such as payment transactions.

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Many fields of application possible

Hardware Security Modules are important in numerous fields of application today. These include, for example, the protection of individual computers or persons, but also protection solutions for high security areas. Even if an IT is set up in a complex way, protection by a Hardware Security Module is recommended, which is used in a precisely fitting manner.

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