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SSL Certificate Security Issues and Solutions

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The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol secures client-server communication sessions through the use of public key authentication and strong encryption. SSL’s added security allows online transactions to be conducted over public networks, like the Internet, while maintaining the privacy of the data transmitted between the client and server. When used in conjunction with web-based applications, SSL allows transactions requiring the exchange of valuable or sensitive information, like banking, brokerage, and health care, to be conducted securely across the Internet.

SSL relies on the use of trusted digital credentials and both symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic techniques to establish sessions between clients and servers. If the digital certificates used to authenticate the identity of a web server can be stolen or copied, SSL can be compromised. Addressing the issues and establishing true SSL certificate security stems from the use of hardware security modules (HSMs) as the root of trust.

Securing SSL Keys with Hardware Security Modules

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SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) from Gemalto are designed to provide a FIPS 140-2-validated hardware-based environment within which the SSL private keys are generated, stored, and used— eliminating the risks associated with storing private keys in a more vulnerable software repository.

By providing physical and logical isolation of key materials from the computers and applications that use them, HSMs make it almost impossible to extract key materials through traditional network attacks.

SafeNet HSMs Play Well with Others

A broad range of innovative technology partners utilize SafeNet Hardware Security Modules for SSL certificate security and encryption management in order to secure sensitive data, transactions, applications, and more around the world.

Hardware Security Module Partner - Blue CoatHardware Security Module Partner - F5Hardware Security Module Partner - IBMHardware Security Module Partner - Palo AltoHardware Security Module Partner - Oracle

SSL Security Featured Resources

Palo Alto Networks - SafeNet Luna HSM - Solution Brief

Allow SafeNet’s Palo Alto Networks Firewall Platforms with SafeNet Luna HSM to protect and secure your organization so you don’t have to. SafeNet Luna Network HSM improves server performa...

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Making SSL Faster and More Secure: Enhanced Key Management for SSL

SSL Key Management - This white paper covers how organizations can protect the digital credentials used in SSL using a hardware security module.

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Stop SSL-Encrypted Attacks in their Tracks! - SafeNet Webinar

Join us to learn how SafeNet Luna HSMs integrate with F5 Networks BIG IP Load Balancer to protect the integrity of SSL communications.

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