Entrust Datacard completes nCipher Security acquisition

Acquisition extends the Entrust Datacard portfolio to general purpose HSM offering

The general purpose HSM market is growing quickly, driven by global demand for stronger data and application security, increased encryption, and privacy regulations.
The general purpose HSM market is growing quickly, driven by global demand for stronger data and application security, increased encryption, and privacy regulations.

Entrust Datacard, a provider of trusted identity and secure issuance technology solutions, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of nCipher Security, formerly Thales's general purpose hardware security module (HSM) business.

The general purpose HSM market is growing quickly, driven by global demand for stronger data and application security, increased encryption, and privacy regulations such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the electronic identification, authentication and trust services (eIDAS) regulation. HSMs offer the highest levels of cryptographic security, and are deployed to minimize network and cybersecurity risks from cloud services and Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other digital initiatives.

“The need for secure network access and data integrity continues to multiply – from mobile devices and cloud services to connected IoT devices and digital payments. The use of HSMs is expanding across all of these domains. With nCipher now part of our solution portfolio, customers will see benefit from our expanded offerings for the most sensitive, high assurance use cases,” said Todd Wilkinson, president and CEO of Entrust Datacard.

General purpose HSMs are a core component of Entrust Datacard's portfolio and are an underlying part of the security infrastructure of the company's public key infrastructure (PKI) and secure sockets layer (SSL) offerings. Entrust Datacard will offer the nCipher solution with its on-premise and managed PKI offerings, and its IoT device credentialing, authorisation and lifecycle management offerings. By joining Entrust Datacard, nCipher will be able to expand its compliance capabilities from trusted hardware to include trusted identities, and grow its cloud capabilities to offer customers more advanced solutions from Entrust Datacard’s secure hosting facilities. 

“This acquisition quickly expands the global footprint for nCipher solutions and accelerates our strategy for ‘as-a-service’ offerings,” said Cindy Provin, CEO of nCipher Security. “HSMs provide a foundation of trust for business applications such as PKI, blockchain, mobile payments and code signing. As a single company, Entrust Datacard is positioned to effectively secure our customers’ sensitive information and business critical applications as they implement new digital initiatives.”

More than 300 nCipher employees are now part of the Entrust Datacard team. The nCipher Security business will continue to be based in Sunrise, Fla., with a cybersecurity development centre in Cambridge, UK and a sales support centre in Hong Kong. Additional terms of the acquisition are undisclosed.

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