Hardware security modules, normally referred to as HSMs, have been getting a great deal of attention in the cybersecurity space over the last several years. This recent recognition is well-deserved, as HSMs offer some of the strongest security among any physical devices available to the public.
While many enterprises have already invested in HSMs, not all businesses have done the same. There are still many organizations that store cryptographic data and private key material in the cloud, on end-user workstations, or some combination of those places, with only software-level protection. This creates major security vulnerabilities and simply isn’t the recommended approach to cryptographic key management. If this situation sounds familiar to you, an HSM might be just the solution you need.
This blog post will provide an overview of hardware security modules, discuss some of the most prominent HSM vendors, and help you decide if an HSM could improve security in your business environment.