HSMs provide a proven and auditable way to secure the cryptographic keys that serve as machine identities. But the key generation process tends to be carried out using custom scripts and manual processes, leaving the organisation more vulnerable to attack.
The combination of Venafi Advanced Key Protect and nCipher nShield HSMs means strong keys can be generated automatically, and they remain on the nShield HSM throughout their entire life cycle.
"Our integration with nCipher nShield HSMs is easy to deploy, reduces errors and dramatically cuts the time and resources required to use SSL and TLS keys and certificates with HSMs," said Venafi chief cyber security strategist Kevin Bocek.
"Through our partnership with nCipher, we are providing organisations the ability to automate machine identity life cycles with the highest level of protection possible. This includes protection for the most popular web services in enterprises today such as Microsoft IIS, Apache and Java application servers. Our integrated solution also works immediately with all of the leading certificate authorities in the Venafi Technology Network."
nCipher chief strategy officer Peter Galvin said: "As our customers make the transition to increasingly digital environments, they need to trust the machines that are used across their networks to support critical business functions such as securing web transactions, privileged access and authenticating software code.
"If the identities of these machines are not authenticated and protected, then they are open to misuse by cyber criminals. Through a consistent use of strong cryptographic keys, Venafi and nCipher make it possible for customers to own and control the keys and certificates used to authenticate machine identities and establish trust in these digital transactions."