New nCipher HSM-as-a-Service targets cloud-first enterprises

nShield as a Service provides cryptography on-demand using cloud-based nCipher HSMs

nShield as a Service allows enterprises across the region to embed a flexible and cost-effective encryption framework, said Qureshi.
nShield as a Service allows enterprises across the region to embed a flexible and cost-effective encryption framework, said Qureshi.

nCipher Security, an Entrust Datacard company, has launched nShield as a Service, a cloud-based hardware security module (HSM) service that allows organisations to protect data and applications and helps meet compliance mandates using on-demand cryptography.

“Organisations embracing cloud-first strategies require cloud-first encryption,” said Peter Galvin, vice president of strategy, nCipher Security. “This means remote, automated management at scale, and flexible access control both in the cloud and onsite. nShield as a Service makes it easy to adopt a secure, multi-cloud encryption strategy using the same nShield HSMs organisations deploy onsite today.”

nShield as a Service is ideal for cloud-first strategies, selective cloud migration, or adding HSM capacity to handle workload spikes. The customer experience is familiar – users interact with the cloud-based nShield HSMs in the same way as with nShield appliances in their own data centres. And customers utilising nCipher’s secure execution environment to run sensitive application code within a secure FIPS-validated boundary now have that same opportunity using cloud-based as well as on premises HSMs.

Using nShield as a Service, customers can:

- implement Bring Your Own Key and Host Your Own Key solutions with a trusted third party service

- maintain full control over key material and maintain separation of data from the encryption keys

- extend cloud-based cryptography and key management across multiple clouds

- implement secure code execution for cloud-based workloads

- integrate with third party applications in the cloud

“The nShield as a Service launch highlights the synergies we’ve gained since becoming an Entrust Datacard company in June,” Galvin said. “We were able to accelerate and enhance nShield as a Service by combining our HSM and cryptography expertise with Entrust Datacard’s experience in data centres, cloud services and HSM operations. The result is a powerful HSM as a service solution that complements the company’s cloud-based PKI and IoT security solutions.”

nSaaS deployment options.

Hamid Qureshi, territory sales manager EMEA and Middle East at nCipher Security, says: “Here in the Middle East we’re experiencing unprecedented digital transformation, especially when it comes to implementation of cloud technologies. The beauty of nShield as a Service is that it will allow enterprises across the region to embed an encryption framework in their organisation that’s efficient, flexible and cost-effective, whether their focus is on a cloud-only or a hybrid approach.”

nShield as a Service uses nShield HSMs to generate, access and protect cryptographic key material separately from sensitive data. All nShield HSMs are managed through nCipher’s Security World key management architecture that spans cloud-based and on premises HSMs. This lets customers efficiently scale HSM operations while retaining control of their key material, even if they change their cloud service provider.

Organisations can utilise nShield as a Service to supplement or replace on premises HSMs, while keeping the benefits of HSM ownership. The subscription model lets enterprises budget predictably, manage capacity, reduce data centre footprint and decrease time spent on routine maintenance and monitoring.

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