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Key Management and Payments Security Blog - Thales e-Security
  • Skip EMV and move to mobile? No we will have both!

    By | June 10, 2015

    Sometimes in moving forward with EMV you need to look back. Earlier this year Thales e-Security was proud to sponsor the mobile track at the Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit, now in its eight (and final) year at Salt Lake City. Thales has been a regular participant at this event for much of this time.  This year though things were much different. No heated arguments about how the US could comply with the Durbin Amendment for routing debit transactions – the common AID for debit had been agreed and all parties are moving forward. No doubts about whether or not EMV cards will ever see significant adoption in the US – all card scheme keynotes were upbeat in their forecasts for significant card issuance in 2015, with the major acquirers pressing hard to get higher risk merchants with new terminals before the October 2015 liability shift.  No more talk about EMV being an out of date 20 year old technology – the general talk was about the need for collaboration and education to ensure that EMV is in place to support the critical payment infrastructure in the US.


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  • Securing digital signatures: SureClinical and beyond

    By | June 08, 2015
    Those who follow science news regularly (or even those who scan the front pages) have probably heard that the number of novel therapeutics – including new antibiotics and other lifesaving drugs – is steadily decreasing year over year. There are a number of reasons for this, but the trend is undoubtedly worsened by the slow pace of clinical trials, a process encumbered by mounds of paperwork and red tape.


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  • For emerging markets, mobile payments are more than just a convenience.

    By | June 05, 2015

    For most in the developed world discussion around mobile payments is focused on the user experience, with the knowledge that the back-end security and technology still embraces the standards of the robust existing payments ecosystem.

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  • Little talk of cards, lots of mobile action

    By | June 03, 2015

    Recently I had the pleasure of supporting my colleagues at the Cards and Payments Asia 2015 conference and exhibition in Singapore. I delivered a presentation on Plastic Cards and their Mobile Equivalents where I concentrated on providing advice to banks and solution providers on how to manage the security risk with emerging mobile payments solutions, especially those using host card emulation (HCE). The event in general was much different from previous years and from other ‘cards’ events in other regions.

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  • 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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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.