Utimaco brings Elliptic Curve Cryptography Algorithms in Hardware Security Module

Utimaco will unveil support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) algorithms. Utimaco’s support for ECC follows the unveiling of cryptographic guidelines from the European Union and the U.S. Government in independent security compliance initiatives. New features in the SafeGuard CryptoServer include ECC with 8000 plus signatures.

SafeGuard CryptoServer is a tamperproof hardware security module (HSM). ECC support in SafeGuard CryptoServer provides enterprises as well as government agencies with a certified, efficient and high-performing HSM in accordance with Suite B, the National Security Administration’s (NSA) cryptographic recommendations for protecting the U.S. Government's classified and unclassified communications.

SafeGuard CryptoServer also meets Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance requirements as outlined in the directive of the European Parliament which restricts the use of hazardous substances for electrical and electronic equipment within the European Union.

SafeGuard CryptoServer ensures the secure and reliable introduction of electronic processes in business processes, payments and government solutions because of its high security standard and certification according to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 criteria, and the support of ECC-based public key protocols, coupled with end-to-end key management. SafeGuard CryptoServer with ECC-based public key protocols are available with the new cost efficient SafeGuard CryptoServer S-Platform and in the FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified SafeGuard CryptoServer CS-Platform.

“Information technology is the backbone of every business process,” said Malte Pollmann, Vice President of Utimaco. “With upcoming compliance requirements and privacy initiatives, the use of hardware-based security in electronic business processes is mandatory.

It is vital that companies use security products to be in line with international security regulations and to make sure their data processes are not interrupted by using poor and unstable security implementations.”

Hardware security modules ensure secure generation, storage and application of cryptographic keys and certificates in encryption and signature processes. From electronic payment and banking processes to processing digital certificates, the highly flexible SafeGuard CryptoServer products protect applications and keys across a broad range of business and administrative processes.

These include transaction security, secure PKI environments, document management and archiving, database security and authentication, secure toll-collection systems, electronic billing and more.