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Thales's newest advanced data security solutions achieve FIPS 140-2 certification
[August 24, 2017]

Thales's newest advanced data security solutions achieve FIPS 140-2 certification

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces its nShield XC hardware security modules (HSMs) and Vormetric Application Encryption solution are now certified to Federal lnformation Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2. Validation to FIPS 140-2 is a mandated requirement in many industry and government sectors and is a frequently stated best practice for organizations seeking to protect sensitive data.

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Vormetric Application Encryption is a library that encrypts files or columns in databases, big data nodes, container and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments, allowing programmers to simplify the process of adding encryption to applications. The solution, which is managed through the Vormetric Data Security Manager (DSM), allows customers to centrally manage and securely store their encryption keys. Vormetric Application Encryption is a particularly useful tool for customers needing to meet data protection mandates, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

nShield XC Solo and nShield XC Connect are the latest models in Thales's HSM portfolio, delivering accelerated cryptographic services to a variety of applications across the network. These hardened, tamper-resistant platforms perform functions including encryption, digital signing, and key generation and protection. With their comprehensive capabilities nShield HSMs support an extensive range of applications, including certificate authorities, code signing or any other application that uses digital keys, either on premises, or in virtual or cloud environments.

Peter Galvin, vice president strategy, Thales e-Security says: 
"Our customers recognize the need to deploy systems with enhanced levels of security and trust, but quantifying that requirement is notoriously difficult. FIPS 140-2 provides a convenient and yet meanngful benchmark. It's easy for vendors to make security claims about their products but this rigorous validation of our nShield XC HSMs and Vormetric Application Encryption gives our customers the confidence they need to trust our products with their most valuable digital assets, today and into the future."

Vormetric Application Encryption is validated to FIPS 140-2 Level 1, currently the highest level of certification a software solution can meet.

nShield XC Connect and nShield XC Solo are both validated to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 as are the rest of the members of the nShield family of HSMs, including nShield Connect+, Solo+ and Edge.

Thales Datacryptor network encryption appliance is also certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 3.

Industry insight and views on the latest encryption and key management trends can be found on the Thales e-Security blog at

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About Thales eSecurity 
Thales e-Security is the leader in advanced data security solutions and services that deliver trust wherever information is created, shared or stored. We ensure that the data belonging to companies and government entities is both secure and trusted in any environment – on-premise, in the cloud, in data centers or big data environments – without sacrificing business agility. Security doesn't just reduce risk, it's an enabler of the digital initiatives that now permeate our daily lives – digital money, e-identities, healthcare, connected cars and, with the internet of things (IoT), even household devices. Thales provides everything an organization needs to protect and manage its data, identities and intellectual property, and meet regulatory compliance – through encryption, advanced key management, tokenization, privileged-user control and high-assurance solutions. Security professionals around the globe rely on Thales to confidently accelerate their organization's digital transformation. Thales e-Security is part of Thales Group.

About Thales 
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe's leading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Thales offers world-class cryptographic capabilities and is a global leader in cybersecurity solutions for defence, government, critical infrastructure providers, telecom companies, industry and the financial services sector. With a value proposition addressing the entire data security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, data protection, digital trust management and design, development, integration, certification and security maintenance of cybersecured systems, to cyberthreat management, intrusion detection and security supervision through cybersecurity Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.

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