nCipher Plc, which is based in Cambridge, has launched an embedded cryptographic Hardware Security Module which enables OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to transform products into trusted devices (HSM).
The component-sized miniHSM provides OEMs with a drop-in solution for data encryption, digital signing and strong authentication. It allows users to integrate pre-validated cryptographic security into devices such as digital cinema projectors, electronic voting terminals, retail point-of-sale infrastructure, immigration border control and document processing machinery.
nCipher Plc develops security solutions in the fields of identity management, data protection, enterprise key management and cryptographic hardware. Its solutions enable businesses to identify who can access data, to protect data in transit and at rest, and to comply with privacy requirements.
While HSMs are already the standard for securing cryptographic keys in servers, the growth of cryptography means that dedicated hardware security technology is now required in growing range of devices. PC’s are manufactured with trusted platform modules (TPMs) installed for key protection and to support the security requirements of software such as Microsoft Corp.’s Vista operating system.
The miniHSM fills a current gap in the market by providing FIPS-validated (Federal Information Processing Standard) security to developers of non-pc devices which handle very sensitive information.
miniHSM provides a cost-effective means of enabling tamper-resistant hardware protection of encryption keys with a pre-validated FIPS 140-2 level 3 security rating. It supports a wide range of cryptographic algorithms, including all common symmetric and asymmetric-key cryptographic algorithms (including 3DES, AES, RSA, DH etc.) as well as more specialist algorithms such as Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). It incorporates a true random number generator and provides secure cryptographic key provisioning and storage.