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February 26, 2013

Entrust Enhances Public Key Infrastructure Solutions with Thales nShield HSMs

Thales (News - Alert) designs, develops and deploys equipment, systems and services for the defense and security and the aerospace and transport markets.  

The company has just partnered with Entrust (News - Alert), a provider of public-key infrastructure (PKI) technology, to deliver a high-assurance encryption and key management solution to global customers.

Under this partnership Entrust will resell Thales nShield Hardware Security Modules (HSM) to complement its enterprise and managed service offerings.

According to Bill Conner, president and CEO at Entrust, Thales’ certified HSMs, combined with Entrust’s leading identity-based security solutions, yield a best-in-class solution for securing key assets. “This partnership will enable us to provide our customers with industry leading solutions that enable the deployment flexibility for both enterprise and managed or cloud models,” he said.

The innovative offering for PKI, key management and user authentication, helps address sophisticated security challenges with solutions that provide multiple safeguards to protect information, and identities against new and evolving threats.

The solution supports different deployment models, including on-premises, hosted or cloud-based to meet customers’ specific business requirements.

Entrust customers will benefit from the Thales nShield HSMs, regarded as the best practice for protecting cryptographic keys and for performing encryption and digital signing.

HSM is increasingly being used along with PKIs to address today’s higher assurance requirements and to support newer certificate issuance requirements. One of the best scenarios includes Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

Thales HSMs are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified and deliver industry’s most operationally efficient high assurance key management framework.

Entrust and Thales have been partners for several years. The extended collaboration addresses the growing demand for integrated solutions that address evolving security threats and today’s changing business needs, says Cindy Provin, president of Thales e-Security.

“With the confidence that our offerings meet Entrust Ready designation requirements, our global relationship is delivering solutions that will undoubtedly exceed our customers’ expectations and serve to enable a wide range of business initiatives including mobility and cloud computing,” Provin added.

Entrust recently received FIPS 201 and FIPS 140 certifications for its PIV smartcard credential technology.

Edited by Braden Becker

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