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Cloud HSMs and compliance

As digital transformation accelerates across many business sectors where commodity storage and processing speed are critical, businesses are turning to cloud adoption that gives them the ability to store data anywhere in the world and manage it remotely within a collaborative ecosystem in a dynamic, scalable, safe and secure environment.

To satisfy the needs of financially attractive but security-sensitive sectors such as banking, automotive, health or insurance, market solutions need to comply with diverse regulations, policies, and standards.

Utimaco provides scalable, containerized hardware security infrastructures that enable cost-effective true multitenancy with separate firmware and policy per tenant-container, to provide a quick time to market with a low total cost of ownership.

One of the main benefits is that cloud-service providers can achieve industry compliance in-a-box through the HSM infrastructure and adjacent crypto applications. This also includes end-to-end digital signing solutions, multi factor authentication, public key infrastructures, database encryption, blockchain-backbones and more.

Given the transient nature of standards, regulations and state of the art security as a result of rapidly evolving threats and the emergence of post quantum computing, Utimaco’s modular infrastructure is crypto-agile allowing for evolving algorithms and policies in a comfortable and centrally controlled manner. The infrastructure also allows for industry-compliant audits to be performed anywhere and whenever they are needed.

Safe Processes

Applications for Safe Digital Processes


Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

PKI ensures confidentiality, integrity, authenticity and non-repudiation of sensitive data. Encrypting data at rest and in transit guards it against theft, tampering or malicious manipulation.


Cloud Service Architecture

Fully containerized and true multi-tenant cloud HSMs allow for firmwares per container, provide FIPS and PCI compliance in one platform, and satisfies requirements like non-repudiable digital signing or the use of quantum-safe algorithms (candidates). The solution is crypto-agile and built for deployment in the cloud. It can be expanded plug-and-play with major security applications from PKI to digital signing.


Multi Factor Authentication

Secure authentication and unbreachable is the foundation of each cloud infrastructure. Multi-factor authentication securely restricts access to the service infrastructure and reliably identifies the user. Hardware security modules (HSMs) generate, manage and store the secure cryptographic keys required for authenticating a user or device in a broader network.


Digital Signing Processes

The prerequisite of cloud-based collaboration between persons or entities is a secure and non repudiable identification process. Digital signatures and seals leverage PKI certificates to offer the highest levels of security and legal assurance for submitted and approved electronic documents in compliance with regulations such as eIDAS.



Tokenization turns sensitive data into an unrecognizable string of characters that will provide no value to the hacker even if breached. It is a strong tool to protect communication and transactions along the digital value chain.


Data and Database Encryption

Effective database security has become increasingly important- without a comprehensive strategy, a great deal of sensitive data could be at risk. Database encryption using HSMs protects and secure sensitive data.


Multi-cloud Key Management

Bring-your-own-key concept allows cloud service customers to securely and remotely generate & manage keys across the complete life cycle, retaining full control over the data, and assuring data security and privacy at any time and at any location. It is a pre-condition for security-sensitive customers such as banks or governments to become CSP customers of a CSP. The CSP is legally safe and does not and has never had access to sensitive data in an unencrypted form.


Post Quantum Crypto Agility (Future Proofs and PQC)

At this time, no quantum computer can run quantum algorithms, however once they are able to, these computers will decimate the security infrastructure of the digital economy. Post-quantum crypto-agility is a necessity for the financial services infrastructure to be able to evolve in the advent of a new generation of attacks and consequently evolving cryptographic standards and algorithms.



The integration of HSMs into a blockchain solution secures the privacy and security that may be lost by distributing proprietary software to an untrusted network of blockchain operators. By storing private keys and data within the HSM, data integrity and user authentication can be dramatically improved. Proprietary code can even be stored and run fully within an HSM to protect intellectual property. Serving as a host for Blockchain infrastructures opens up an agile and fast-growing market.

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