nShield as a Service
As enterprises increasingly adopt “cloud first” strategies, gone are the days of automatically hosting critical IT infrastructure on premises. While this business shift may result in improved scalability, flexibility and resilience, it also creates tension when cloud applications rely on hardware security modules (HSMs). Traditionally housed in on-premise data centers and managed by an on-site security team, HSMs help customers meet regulatory or certification requirements and are an important part of an organization’s critical infrastructure. Given the increasing demands on enterprise security teams, finding skilled security professionals to administer HSMs is an ongoing challenge.
nShield as a Service is a subscription-based solution for generating, accessing and protecting cryptographic key material, separately from sensitive data, using dedicated FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified nShield Connect HSMs. The solution delivers the same features and functionality as on-premise HSMs combined with the benefits of a cloud service deployment. This allows customers to fulfill their cloud first objectives and leave the maintenance of these appliances to the experts at nCipher.
Because nShield as a Service benefits from the same unique Security World architecture as on-premise nShield deployments, customers can easily migrate their cryptographic operations from on-premise to the cloud or use a hybrid approach, mixing both cloud-based and on-premise nShield HSMs.