Increasing the ROI of your HSM Infrastructure: Point-to-Point Encryption
Have you considered all of the functions that your hardware security module can fulfill? An HSM is a significant purchase that should not be taken lightly, but if you consult industry professionals during your decision process, you can ensure a significant return on your investment. A hardware security module can easily integrate into your current infrastructure and considerably increase the security of your IT environment. In our whitepaper, Increasing the Return on Investment of Your Hardware Security Module, we help you develop a holistic plan for tailoring your HSM’s functionality to your business’s needs. This blog post will take a look at one of the HSM’s many capabilities.
Protection of sensitive data is every business’s responsibility, but public attention is especially drawn to industries in which customers must regularly input private information to conduct transactions. Point of Sale (POS) terminals are becoming increasingly more profitable targets of attack, especially self-service terminals that are not continually monitored. Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) is an effective way to safeguard this sensitive information.
Point-to-Point Encryption is a method used to secure personally identifiable data, such as a Primary Account Number (PAN). When cardholder data is entered at the point of interaction, it is immediately encrypted. The data then travels to the transaction processor where it is decrypted within the HSM, then sent for validation.
The primary benefit of P2PE is that when it is used, data never travels in the clear. Since the information is of no value until it is decrypted, incentive for theft is reduced. The cost of data breaches is rising, and a P2PE solution provides strong encryption to protect your data.
Hardware-based P2PE saves time and money by simplifying PCI DSS compliance. Using a compliant, hardware-based device which supports P2PE, such as the Excrypt SSP9000 can significantly reduce the scope of audits, reducing time and cost associated with the review process.
If your organization currently handles clear cardholder data as part of the electronic payment process, you may benefit from expanding the usage of your Futurex HSM. For more information, request a copy of our whitepaper or contact one of our Solutions Architects for a customized solution.