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PKI Security: Encryption Key Management & Authentication

Public key infrastructures (PKIs) are relied upon to secure a broad range of digital applications, validating everything from transactions and identities to supply chains. However, infrastructure vulnerabilities represent a significant risk to the organizations that rely on PKI alone to safeguard digital applications.

Gemalto offers PKI encryption key management solutions to help you protect the keys at the heart of PKI as well as PKI-based authentication tokens that leverage the security benefits offered by PKI to deliver dependable identity protection.

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PKI Key and Certificate Security

Secure storage and protection of private keys is integral to the security of the Asymmetric Key Cryptography used in a PKI. If a Certificate Authority’s (CA’s) root key is compromised, the credibility of financial transactions, business processes, and intricate access control systems is adversely affected.

Therefore, in a PKI environment – particularly one integral to business processes, financial transactions, or access controls – it is essential that private keys be guarded with the highest level of security possible via a dedicated security device -- a hardware security module (HSM).

HSMs for PKI Encryption Key Management

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Organizations deploy Gemalto's SafeNet HSMs, which work in conjunction with a host CA server to provide a secure hardware storage location for the CA’s root key or subordinate CAs’ private keys. It is separately managed and stored outside of the operating system software, thus preventing theft, tampering, and access to the secret key material.

SafeNet HSM Highlights:

  • FIPS 140-2 validation
  • Hardware-secured key generation, storage, and backup
  • Hardware-secured digital signing
  • PKI-authenticated software updates
  • Host-independent, two-factor authentication
  • Enforced operational roles
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Partner Spotlight: Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services

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In the deployment of a Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services, the co-deployment of an HSM is highly recommended to protect the CA root keys and maintain the integrity of the resultant PKI, certificates, and PKI dependent applications. SafeNet Hardware Security Modules complement and enhance Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services.


PKI Authentication Solutions

Gemalto offers hardware-based PKI authentication solutions that provide optimal levels of security. Our wide portfolio of SafeNet smart cards and USB tokens leverage public key infrastructure to provide certificate-based strong authentication.

This ensures two-factors of authentication by leveraging the hardware card or token for something you have, combined with a user selected PIN for something you know to provide two factors of authentication.

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Realizing the need for strong PKI authentication

With proper security controls in place to verify the identity of the user before smart card issuance and certificate provisioning, you can be assured that only the legitimate user is the one accessing the corporate network and sensitive data.

Once a certificate-based identity solution has been deployed, there are several additional security features that can be added, including file encryption, email encryption and digital signature.

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Adapting to a digital world

The rapid growth of the mobile movement has many IT teams scrambling to get enterprise mobile security in line with current corporate standards. Mobile devices create unique security challenges because of a lack of embedded card readers or USB ports, making smart card and token usage impossible.

But enterprises using traditional cards can easily deploy a wearable badge holder equipped with Bluetooth to act as the card reader. Employees can login to their mobile devices using their existing credentials.

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