General Purpose HSM


All things protected by encryption or digital signatures can be protected even further with an HSM. The user areas range from PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) to encryption of web servers. 

General purpose HSMs enable companies to add hardware security to critical applications such as PKIs, databases and web- and application servers. The use of standardized cryptographic interfaces makes nCipher nShield range easy to integrate with Microsoft Certificate Services (PKI), Entrust Authority Security Manager, RSA Certificate Manager, Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, and several other applications.

nCipher nShield Connect

nCipher nShield Connect is a network-attached, general purpose HSM that protects up to 100 clients by safeguarding their encryption and digital signing keys and processing sensitive data on the trusted appliance.

Technical Specifications – Brief Summary:

  • Network-attached HSM with enhanced performance
  • Manages cryptographic operations as a shared resource for distributed and virtual applications
  • Redundant hardware suitable for data centres with high access requirements
  • The network architecture supports both traditional an virtualized deployment, as well as cloud based installations
  • The nShield Connect+ security boundary is validated for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+

For more information on nCipher HSMs, please visit the nCipher product page.

nCipher nShield Solo

nCipher nShield Solo is a product family of embedded, general purpose HSMs for servers and appliances that safeguard encryption and digital signing keys. nCipher nShield SoloC can optionally run custom applications on the module to protect data in use.

Technical Specifications – Brief Summary:

  • Embedded HSM card available in either PCI or PCIe format
  • Unburdens cryptographic calculations and enables increased speed and enhanced system performance
  • Ideal for use within security appliances to achieve FIPS grade security hardening
  • The security boundary of the nShield Solo+ family is validated for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+. All models are also available at a lower price as a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 variant

For more information on nCipher HSMs, please visit the nCipher product page.

nCipher nShield Edge

Thales nShield Edge is a portable HSM for use in root certification authorities (CAs), registration authorities (RAs), code signing and remote HSM operations. nShield Edge combines a full-featured HSM with a smart card reader in one and the same device, offering secure backup and dual access control of an organization’s high-value keys with low transaction volumes. Its USB connectivity makes it especially suitable for use with laptops and virtual machines.

Technical Specifications – Brief Summary:

  • Portable format and USB connectivity enable flexible deployment
  • Intrusion-protected epoxy cast shell reveals tampering attempts
  • User authentication through built-in smart card reader
  • The security boundary for nShield Edge is validated for FIPS 140-2 level 3

For more information on nShield Edge, please visit the nCipher product page.