Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)
The nShield Family of General Purpose HSMs
nShield HSMs provide a hardened, tamper-resistant environment for secure cryptographic processing, key generation and protection, encryption and more. Available in three FIPS 140-2 certified form factors, nShield HSMs support a variety of deployment scenarios.
The payShield HSM family of Payment HSMs
Designed for the payment industry, payShield HSMs are proven solutions that deliver capabilities for issuing credentials, processing transactions and managing keys. Thales e-Security payment HSMs are the most widely deployed in the world, used in an estimated 80 percent of payment card transactions. payShield 9000 supports payment applications for contact chip, contactless chip and mobile secure elements. The solution addresses evolving standards from EMVCo, PCI SSC, GlobalPlatform and Multos International.
Thales hardware security modules (HSMs), both payShield 9000 and nShield, are already helping PSPs to deliver secure mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solutions to large numbers of merchants, some accepting card payments for the first time. The HSM performs three critical functions for PSPs – managing keys for the card readers, decrypting the encrypted transaction data received from the merchants and translating the PIN blocks for online PIN-based transactions. payShield 9000 meets all the relevant payment security certification standards (FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and PCI HSM) in addition to supporting various algorithms and key management methods used in mPOS transactions – with the ability to add custom functions to meet individual PSP requirements if necessary.