SafeNet ProtectServer External includes a cryptographic module performing secure cryptographic processing in a high assurance fashion. The appliance features a heavy-duty steel case with tamper-protected security that safeguards against physical attacks and delivers the highest level of physical and logical protection to the storage and processing of highly sensitive information, such as cryptographic keys, PINS, and other data. Secure storage and processing means cryptographic keys are never exposed outside the HSMs in clear form, offering customers a level of security unavailable from software alternatives, while providing a certified level of confidentiality and integrity that meets the security demands of industry organizations.
ProtectServer HSMs offer a unique level of flexibility for application developers to create their own firmware and execute it within the secure confines of the HSM. Known as functionality modules, the toolkits provide a comprehensive facility to develop and deploy custom firmware. A full-featured software emulator rounds out the flexible development tools, enabling developers to test and debug custom firmware from the convenience of a desktop computer. This emulator also serves as an invaluable tool to test applications without the need to install a ProtectServer HSM. When ready, a developer simply installs the HSM and redirects communication to the hardware--no software changes are necessary.
The intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) simplifies HSM device administration and key management using easy-to-understand navigation and user interaction. Urgent and timecritical management tasks—such as key modification, addition, and deletion—can be securely performed from remote locations, reducing management costs and response times.