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'First' embedded hardware security module rolls

Posted: 03 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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nCipher's miniHSMTM embedded HSM

nCipher plc has announced the immediate availability of miniHSMTM, said to be the first embedded hardware security module (HSM). Designed to provide OEMs with a simple, secure, drop-in solution for data encryption, digital signing and strong authentication, the module allows customers to integrate pre-validated cryptographic security into a diverse range of product areas, the company said, including digital cinema projectors, electronic voting terminals, retail POS infrastructure, immigration border control and document processing machinery.

miniHSM is about the size of a pack of chewing gum, but within this small form factor it provides embedded HSM functionality to enable a simplified and cost-effective means to enable tamper-resistant hardware protection of encryption keys with a pre-validated FIPS 140-2 level 3 security rating. The small footprint and ease of integration of the miniHSM allows manufacturers to embed HSM functionality into devices where space and power are at a premium, according to the company.

miniHSM supports a wide range of cryptographic algorithms, including all common symmetric- and asymmetric-key cryptographic algorithms (including 3DES, AES, RSA and DH) as well as more specialist algorithms such as Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) . Incorporating a true random number generator, miniHSM offers secure cryptographic key provisioning and storage, and a built-in real-time clock enables value-added functionality such as time-stamping in addition to the standard cryptographic functions of encryption, digital signing and authentication.

miniHSM also supports nCipher's suite of developer toolkits including CodeSafe, its unique Secure Execution Engine (SEE) capability for executing high assurance trusted custom applications within the device's security boundary.

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