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What is a general-purpose HSM?

A general-purpose HSM is a physically and logically secure device from which you can carry out cryptographic tasks. General-purpose HSMs are often used to encrypt data, issue digital certificates, and manage cryptographic keys. The descriptor “general-purpose” refers to the wide array of cryptographic use cases it is designed to handle. They can be integrated into a wide variety of different environments and customized for diverse use cases.

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