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Alliance Integrates Data Security Software with HSM Equipment for Payment Card Protection

NuBridges : 30 April, 2010  (Company News)
Thales and nuBridges enter alliance for improving PCI Data Security Standard compliance through the use of data security software and hardware security modules
nuBridges is partnering with Thales to help payment industry companies strengthen their credit card protection and reduce scope for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance and audits. Through the partnership, nuBridges has integrated its award-winning nuBridges Protect encryption, tokenization and key management solution with the Thales nShield product family of hardware security modules (HSMs).

When organizations secure cardholder information using encryption and tokenization, safeguarding the keys that encrypt and decrypt the data becomes paramount. If keys are lost accidentally, the data associated with them is unrecoverable and, if keys are stolen, criminals can use them to decrypt and access credit card numbers. Validated for FIPS-140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+, Thales HSM solutions secure critical system and data encryption keys that underpin nuBridges Protect in a tamper resistant hardened device, adding an important extra layer of security and satisfying widely established key management best practices.

"The payments industry - including merchants, banks and financial services companies - is seeking practical ways to continue to increase payment card security," said Gary Palgon, nuBridges vice president of Product Management. "By partnering with Thales, a recognized leader that already helps secure over 70 percent of the world's credit card transactions, we're offering nuBridges Protect customers the option to deploy HSMs for greater security and to simplify the process of demonstrating compliance with PCI DSS requirements." A recent study by the Ponemon Institute revealed that some 63 percent of the industry's Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) found that the use of HSMs reduces the time spent on compliance.

nuBridges Protect is the industry's first data security software solution to combine universal Format Preserving Tokenization, local, field-size-preserving encryption, unified, full-lifecycle key management and security event logging. Tokenization in particular reduces risk and has the added advantage of taking systems, applications and processes out of scope for PCI DSS audits, thus reducing the complexity and cost of compliance. The nuBridges Protect Key Manager generates, distributes, rotates, revokes and deletes keys for both local field-size-preserving encryption and format-preserving data tokenization.

Recognized as a global security standard, Thales hardware security modules are independently security certified and enable enterprises to add hardware protection to critical applications such as public key infrastructures (PKIs), databases, and web and application servers.

"Thales is delighted to expand its partner network to include nuBridges through the combination of our leading family of nShield HSMs with nuBridges Protect to provide powerful encryption and key management solutions for the market," said Franck Greverie, vice president of the information technology security activities of Thales. "The integration of nuBridges Protect with Thales HSMs makes it easier for nuBridges customers to reduce risk and reduce scope for PCI DSS audits."

Thales e-Security is a global provider of data encryption solutions to the financial services, high technology manufacturing, government and technology sectors. With a 40-year track record of protecting corporate and government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies, 22 NATO countries, and they secure more than 70 percent of worldwide payment transactions. Thales e-Security has offices in France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom.
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