Leveraging the Futurex PKCS #11 Library
One of the most salient features of Futurex technologies, and what most distinguishes us from competitors, is that we deploy turnkey solutions molded to integrate directly into existing environments with minimal change to existing applications and processes. The Futurex PKCS #11 library is just one tool in our kit to make that possible.
What Is PKCS #11?
Public Key Cryptography Standards number 11 (PKCS # 11) is an application programming interface (API) that can communicate with cryptographic devices and services. Organizations often use it in environments where they’ve deployed a certificate authority for their public key infrastructures. Organizations use the interface with a library of cryptographic functions that can be used with applications.
How Does the Futurex PKCS #11 Library Benefit Organizations?
The Futurex PKCS #11 library is a robust solution for bridging existing applications and devices in your infrastructure to Futurex HSMs. Need to generate asymmetric keys to share with your certificate authority, for instance? Perhaps you want to store your private keys in a Futurex HSM, where the hardware is tamper-resistant and heavily access-controlled. This can be accomplished through the Futurex PKCS #11 library. The benefits of the Futurex library include:
- Robust functionality that provides your applications access to some of the world’s most powerful hardware security modules
- Handling very large numbers (millions to hundreds of millions) of keys seamlessly
- Access to and use of a light application to perform cryptographic functions, such as key generation, quickly and easily
- A graphical configuration utility that allows users to modify the PKCS #11 configuration file without any adjustments to code
Is My Application Compatible?
A wide range of business applications support direct integration with PKCS #11 to add hardened security capabilities. Futurex’s Solutions Architect team is available 24x7x365 to assist with any questions regarding application compatibility and the process for enabling Futurex HSMs to be used with them. Additionally, our Solutions Architect team is experienced at working with application developers to certify their software with our hardware security modules. If you’d like to have some of your applications certified for use with Futurex HSMs, or you’d like to use PKCS #11 with your current infrastructure, contact a Solutions Architect today.