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February 17, 2011

Thales and Layer7 Integrate ThalesnShield Hardware Security Modules

Thales, provider in information systems and communications security, and Layer 7 Technologies, providing Gateways for service-oriented integration, cloud connectivity and Web-to-mobile information sharing, have successfully integrated Thales nShield family of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) within Layer 7 Gateways.

Certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+, Thales (News - Alert) nShield HSMs deliver the highest levels of cryptographic security and best-in-class performance for cryptographic operations, including accelerated SSL termination and high-speed digital signing of messages.

With the integration, the Layer 7’s security-conscious customers will now have new levels of security whenever they encrypt or digitally sign sensitive data to be shared across security boundaries, such as those that separate cloud-based applications, mobile device and networks of external partners.

Customers will now have access to a field-proven, one-stop solution from Layer 7, whenever they select the option to embed a Thales nShield HSM in a Layer 7 Gateway (News - Alert) and hardware appliance.

“By integrating Thales nShield HSMs with Layer 7 Gateways, we can give our customers out-of-the-box FIPS-compliant data and encryption key security, allowing them to protect their public key infrastructures with a cost-effective, drop-in solution when compared to integrating and certifying a separate HSM,” said Phil Walston, vice president of product management at Layer 7, in a press release.

He added, “The integrated Thales nShield solutions are especially valuable to our federal government and military customers, as well as other organizations in regulated industries like healthcare and financial services, who must demonstrate FIPS-compliance around password security and other user access issues.”

“As enterprises, governments, and service providers look to cloud-based initiatives, it is imperative the solutions available deliver the highest levels of security required to give these organizations the confidence to embrace these new services,” said Cynthia Provin, president Thales e-Security Inc., in a press release. “With a long-established track record in providing best-practice security and FIPS-certified encryption solutions, we are delighted that Layer 7 has turned to Thales to help protect their customers’ sensitive data.”

Layer 7 Technologies provides security and governance for SOA and cloud. In November, Layer 7’s Public Sector CTO Adam Vincent presented at the TM Forum (News - Alert) Management World Americas 2010 conference on Nov. 9 in Orlando. He addressed the benefits of a policy-based approach to managing complex information sharing among government agencies.


Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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