Making SSL Faster and More Secure - White Paper
SSL relies on the use of trusted digital credentials (in the form of an SSL private key and associated public
key certificate) and both symmetric (also referred to as secret key) and asymmetric (also referred to as
public key) cryptographic techniques to establish sessions between clients and servers.
SSL suffers from two potential weaknesses: first, the digital credentials used to authenticate the identity
of a web server can be stolen or copied; second, the intensive cryptographic processes required to create
SSL sessions can have a negative impact on web server performance.
This paper explains how organizations can use a hardware security module to address these vulnerabilities.