PLANTATION, Fla. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces a public key infrastructure (PKI) consultancy service, designed to take risk and cost out of deploying, upgrading or refreshing an organization’s self-managed PKI.
Public key infrastructures are a critical piece of almost every IT infrastructure, helping establish the identity of data, people, devices and services. The number of applications in an enterprise that rely on a PKI for their basis of trust is ever increasing. A PKI plays a vital role in enabling organizations to implement, for example, an enterprise ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) strategy, certificate and key injection into devices such as set top boxes, mobile phones and printers, and feature enablement for cars, construction equipment, and other ‘intelligent’ high value assets.
Thales Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) assists organizations in the design and deployment of self-managed PKIs customized to meet their specific needs. Working predominantly with Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services, but also with open source and other applications, Thales offers customers expert advice and assistance together with a range of services – from a turnkey solution through specialized components of a customer driven PKI implementation.
Thales bases its PKI practice on the deployment of hardware security modules (HSMs). The use of HSMs to protect both root and issuing certificate authority (CA) private keys is an industry accepted best practice. It is of crucial importance that the chain of trust leading back to the root CA along with its signing keys is protected with the utmost security, implemented using an HSM to protect against both logical and physical attacks. The higher the value of the applications that depend on a PKI, the more critical it is to protect that PKI with an HSM. The Thales nShield family of high assurance HSMs are designed specifically to protect the private keys that form the basis of trust in all modern PKIs. Thales PKI services are designed to assist its customers in designing, deploying and managing world class PKIs that utilize Thales HSMs to protect their root of trust.
Peter DiToro, Vice President Customer Services at Thales e-Security says:
“Recent concerns over back doors, poorly implemented crypto systems, out of date algorithms and weak key management systems have led organizations to re-assess and re-evaluate their security infrastructure, and particularly their PKIs as they come under strain to do more. Planning, documenting, implementing and maintaining a PKI is a specialist skill – and it’s rare. The Thales ASG team have decades of experience, know-how and talent in deploying, refreshing and upgrading PKIs, taking risk and cost out of the processes of planning and implementing a self-managed PKI.”
Thales PKI Consultancy Services is currently available in North America. Click here to learn more.
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About Thales e-Security
Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions to the financial services, high technology, manufacturing, government and technology sectors. With a 40-year track record of protecting corporate and government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies, 22 NATO countries, and secure more than 80 percent of worldwide payment transactions. Thales e-Security has offices in Australia, France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom. www.thales-esecurity.com
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace & Transportation and the Defence & Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion ($18.3 billion) with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners. www.thalesgroup.com
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.
Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France and the United Kingdom.