Thales nShield Connect

nShield Connect HSMs

nShield Connect HSMs are certified hardware security appliances that deliver cryptographic services to a variety of applications across the network. These hardened, tamper-resistant platforms perform such functions as encryption, digital signing, and key generation and protection. With their comprehensive capabilities, these HSMs can support an extensive range of applications, including certificate authorities, code signing and more.

The nShield Connect series includes nShield Connect+ and the new, high-performance nShield Connect XC, which offers superior asymmetric and symmetric performance and best-in-class elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) transaction rates.

 

Features


  • Highly flexible architecture. nShield Connect HSMs integrate with the unique Security World architecture from Thales. With this proven technology, you can combine different nShield HSM models to build a unified ecosystem that delivers scalability, seamless failover and load balancing.
  • Process more data faster. nShield Connect HSMs support some of the highest cryptographic transaction rates in the industry, making them ideal for enterprise, retail, IoT and other environments where throughput is critical. The nShield Connect XC offers our highest transaction performance rates.
  • Protect your proprietary applications and data. nShield Connect HSMs don’t just protect your sensitive keys and data; they also provide a secure environment for running sensitive applications. The CodeSafe option lets you execute code within nShield boundaries, protecting your applications and the data they process.

 

 

Specifications


Certified hardware solutions

Thales e-Security has earned a broad set of certifications for nShield products. These certifications help our customers to demonstrate compliance while also giving them the assurance that their nShield HSMs meet stringent industry standards.

Security compliance:

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Level 3
  • USGv6 accreditation
  • Common Criteria EAL4+ (AVA_VAN.5) for nShield Connect+ models
  • Recognition of nShield Connect+ as a Qualified Signature Creation Device (QSCD)

Safety and environmental standards compliance:

  • UL, CE, FCC, C-TICK, Canada ICES
  • RoHS2, WEEE

 

High transaction rates

Compared to competitive HSMs, nShield Connect HSMs boast faster elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) transaction rates, as well as high RSA transaction rates. ECC, one of the most efficient cryptographic algorithms, is particularly favored where low power consumption is crucial, such as applications running on small sensors or mobile devices. nShield Connect HSMs are excellent solutions for securing IoT devices as well as traditional enterprise applications.

 

nShield Connect Models 500+ XC Base 1500+ 6000+ XC Mid XC High
RSA Signing Performance (tps) for NIST Recommended Key Lengths
2048 bit 150 430 450 3000 3500 8600
4096 bit 80 100 190 500 850 2025
ECC Prime Curve Signing Performance (tps) for NIST Recommended Key Lengths
256 bit 540 680 1260 2400 5500 16,000

 

Wide support for APIs, cryptographic algorithms and OSs

Supported APIs

  • PKCS#11, OpenSSL, Java (JCE), Microsoft CAPI and CNG

Supported Cryptographic Algorithms

  • Asymmetric public key algorithms: RSA, Diffie-Hellman, ECMQV, DSA, KCDSA, ECDSA, ECDH
  • Symmetric algorithms: AES, AES-GCM, ARIA, Camellia, CAST, RIPEMD160 HMAC, SEED, Triple DES
  • Hash/message digest: SHA-1, SHA-2 (224, 256, 384, 512 bit), HAS-160
  • Full Suite B implementation with fully licensed ECC including Brainpool and custom curves

nShield HSMs offers support for the majority of these cryptographic algorithms as part of the standard feature set. For organizations wishing to use ECC or South Korean algorithms, optional activation licenses are needed.

Operating Systems

  • Windows and Linux
  • nShield Connect+ additionally supports Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and virtual environments AIX LPARs, VMware and Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V.
  • nShield Connect XC also supports virtual environments Citrix XenServer 6.5, VMware ESXi 5.5 and Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V.

 

Reliability

Model MTBF (hours)
Connect XC 107,384
Connect+ 99,284

Calculated at 25C operating temperature using Telcordia SR-332 “Reliability Prediction Procedure for Electronic Equipment” MTBF Standard.

 

 

 


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