What is a Hardware Security Module (HSM)?

What is a Hardware Security Module (HSM)?

A Hardware Security Module (HSM) offers a highly secure, tamper-resistant environment to store sensitive data and perform cryptographic operations.

They are available as physical devices and as a service. By leveraging the secure storage and cryptographic processing capabilities of an HSM, organizations can safeguard encryption keys, sign codes, digital certificates, passwords, tokens, etc.

HSMs are commonly used in some of the most critical security operations, such as secure financial transactions, digital signatures, and encryption/decryption of sensitive data.

The physical devices known as legacy HSM systems can be complex and difficult to use.

It is challenging to integrate legacy systems with modern cloud infrastructure, and they fail to meet the latest compliance standards; as a result, organizations are now switching to HSM SaaS.

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