Utimaco appointed as “Certified Vendor” for Hardware Security Modules by German BSI

Utimaco’s customers benefit from an accelerated VS-NfD – Restricted approval by faster time-to-market of new Utimaco products for encryption and signature technologies.

IT security „Made in Germany“.

Aachen, May 21st 2019 – Utimaco is the first manufacturer of Hardware Security Modules to be approved for the „Qualified Certification Process“ by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

This new process was introduced by the BSI in 2018 in order to accelerate product approvals for a VS-NfD – Restricted product classification submitted by vendors familiar with the approval pattern. To be appointed as a trustworthy Certified Vendor, companies have to go through a two-phase evaluation process based on the internationally recognized Common Criteria standard. With the initial evaluation of the development processes of manufacturers, a second step allows a faster approval predication for products while maintaining the required level of trust. The use of BSI accredited programs and equipment is a pre-requisite for all organizations and private companies that process data classified as VS-NfD – Restricted. Programs and equipment approved for VS-NfD – Restricted classification may also be used for data classified as “NATO restricted”.

As a Certified Vendor, Utimaco now benefits from a much shorter product approval process of only a few months, as compared to the usual one year or longer approval period. This gives Utimaco’s customers much faster access to the latest security technology, thus providing optimal protection of their sensitive data.

On 17 May, 2019, the BSI approved Utimaco’s „CryptoServer CP5 VS-NfD“ product according to the Qualified Certification Process. CryptoServer VS-NfD is a Hardware Security Module suitable for a variety of use cases, such as secure PKI and Certificate Authorities systems.

Certified vendor „Made in Germany”

Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Utimaco GmbH, stated: „With our CryptoServer VS-NfD product line, we offer highly secure IT security solutions to organizations and enterprises handling protectively marked information. We have been working closely with the BSI for many years to provide state-of-the-art IT security and we are very pleased to have been awarded Certified Vendor status as a validation of our products and processes, to the benefit of our customers.”


UTIMACO is a global platform provider of trusted Cybersecurity and Compliance solutions and services with headquarters in Aachen (Germany) and Campbell, CA (USA). UTIMACO develops on-premises and cloud-based hardware security modules, solutions for key management, data protection and identity management as well as data intelligence solutions for regulated critical infrastructures and Public Warning Systems. UTIMACO is one of the world's leading manufacturers in its key market segments.

500+ employees around the globe create innovative solutions and services to protect data, identities and communication networks with responsibility for global customers and citizens. Customers and partners in many different industries value the reliability and long-term investment security of UTIMACO’s high-security products and solutions.

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