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Thales Announces New Specialized Key Management Device for Payment Security

Dépèche transmise le 14 mars 2012 par Business Wire

Thales Announces New Specialized Key Management Device for Payment Security

Thales Announces New Specialized Key Management Device for Payment Security

WESTON, Fla. & CAMBRIDGE, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces the Thales Key Management Device (KMD) for payment hardware security modules (HSMs) to provide high assurance security for the critical task of forming cryptographic keys securely from components. This capability, critical to enabling secure key exchange between communicating parties, reduces the risk of component exposure that exists with traditional approaches by enabling direct key component entry into a tamper-resistant security module (TRSM). This also provides significant operational benefits, as security officers involved in handling key components can now form keys for multiple hardware security modules (HSMs) across multiple sites using a single device.

“Thales KMD for payment HSMs meets this need while also delivering significant operational benefits that can translate to cost savings for our customers.”

The Thales KMD for payment HSMs provides key generation in a manner that is compliant with relevant security standards including X9 TG-3/TR-39 and PCI PIN security requirements in a secure and convenient portable form factor. Compatible with the full range of Thales payment HSMs including the award-winning payShield 9000, the KMD maximizes operational flexibility by eliminating the need to physically access a production HSM inside a data center. It simplifies security audits by eliminating complex compensating controls required when using traditional manual console-based key management methods. With its touch screen graphical user interface, the KMD is simple and intuitive to operate.

“As the security audit bar rises and the payment security industry moves away from legacy dumb terminals and PC terminal emulators for key component management, demand is growing for a more secure solution,” says Franck Greverie, Thales vice president in charge of information technology security activities. “Thales KMD for payment HSMs meets this need while also delivering significant operational benefits that can translate to cost savings for our customers.”

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About Thales e-Security

Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of data encryption solutions to the financial services, high technology manufacturing, government and technology sectors. With a 40-year track record of protecting corporate and government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies, 22 NATO countries, and they secure more than 70 percent of worldwide payment transactions. Thales e-Security has offices in France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.thales-esecurity.com

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 68,000 employees in more than 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners. www.thalesgroup.com

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