In Proof-of-Stake (POS) blockchains such as the ones that rely on the Ignite (formerly, Tendermint) or the Evmos stacks, validator nodes do not expend resources to “mine” the next block. Rather, they validate and sign proposals and votes. The new requirement on the operators of validator nodes is to maintain long-lived keys online securely such that they are always available.
What is Fortanix Signing Provider for Tendermint Key Management System (TMKMS)?
Fortanix Data Security Manager (DSM) delivers on this requirement by ensuring that validator keys are generated and used inside a FIPS 140-2 level 3 compliant environment which is offered with high availability and protection against disasters. The Fortanix Signing Provider for TMKMS solution provides operators of Ignite (formerly, Tendermint) or Evmos validator nodes a secure mechanism to maintain long lived keys online.
Maintain keys online with SaaS
DSM is available as a global cloud service with centralized visibility and control. Validator keys can be securely managed and retrieved online.
Cluster-based architecture with HA/DR
The platform maintains high availability, based on a cluster architecture with in-built resilience. It also supports disaster recovery to avoid loss of digital assets.
Seamless integration with TMKMS
The Fortanix Signing Provider for TMKMS solution includes an integration of Fortanix DSM SaaS into Tendermint KMS (TMKMS) which is an open-source project freely available under the Apache 2.0 license.
How it helps?
Secure key management
The main benefit of the Signing Provider for TMKMS solution is that it ensures that Proof-of-Stake validators can maintain long lived keys securely online with high availability and disaster recovery.