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Key Management and Payments Security Blog - Thales e-Security
  • Key management pain bites as encryption usages soars

    By | May 11, 2015
    Our Global Encryption and Key Management Trends report is now in its tenth year, providing an annual ‘pulse check’ on how enterprises are approaching and deploying encryption. The picture across the board is clear – use of encryption is growing across all industries. There can be no doubt that the series of mega breaches and cyber-attacks over the course of the last year have increased companies’ urgency to improve their security posture. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is particularly true in healthcare and retail which show the greatest leap since last year in adoption of this technology. Names such as Home Depot, Target, and Anthem will not be easily forgotten.


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  • The importance of well implemented secure SSL

    By | May 08, 2015
    We have talked about the importance of sound key management and protection of keys in previous blogs as well as attacks on SSL, such as Heartbleed SSL, man-in-the-middle and Poodle, where attackers could potentially gain access to private keys. Business critical applications handling sensitive information make use of SSL as the default means of securing critical connections on the internet and internal networks. Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) are common devices in data centers that not only help balance the load on Web Servers providing applications to consumers but also provide additional functionality that enhances service delivery and quality. In order to perform some of these functions, ADCs need access to the data within SSL sessions and therefore the keys that are used to protect sensitive data in those sessions. Continue Reading
  • Encryption is on the rise!

    By | April 20, 2015

    The use of encryption continues to grow in response to privacy concerns, compliance and cyber-attacks. That’s just one of the key findings from our newly released Encryption and Key Management Trends report. Take a look at our infographic to see the other highlights.

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  • Tokenization: a critical innovation for payments security

    By | March 03, 2015

    On 24 February 2015, Visa Europe announced a tokenization service which will be available by mid-April for its member banks. This initiative may have important ramifications, especially for the emerging mobile payments landscape. 

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  • Trust anchors in the Azure cloud

    By | February 09, 2015

    OK, I’m biased, but it’s hard to argue that crypto isn’t a critical enabler of trust in a digital world. Whether that trust is focused on confidentiality, integrity or authenticity any form of cryptographic trust comes down to the secrecy and quality of keys. Now, as we think about establishing trust in cloud environments the challenge of managing keys in the cloud comes into stark focus and anything that purports to make that task easier deserves a closer look.

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About this blog

Welcome to our new merged blog site, featuring key management and payments security focused content previously hosted on www.keymanagementinsights.com and www.paymentssecurity.com.

As companies look to protect their customer data and other sensitive information, encryption is being deployed more widely. Yet if an encryption key is lost then that data cannot be recovered. Avoiding this problem demands formalized processes and robust technologies for key management making the protection, management and secure use of cryptographic keys a fundamental component of modern IT security.

Thales has been applying data protection and key management expertise to the worldwide payments industry for over 25 years. Our solutions secure retail and corporate banking, integrate with all widely used credit/debit applications, and include the world's best-selling EMV data preparation system and complete PIN management for card issuers.