nShield HSM

nCipher offers a comprehensive range of General Purpose HSMs offering secure cryptographic processing, key generation in a FIPS 140-2 certified environment.

Security you can trust

nCipher Security’s nShield Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) are hardened, tamper-resistant devices that protect your company’s most sensitive data. These FIPS 140-2 certified modules perform cryptographic functions such as generating, managing and storing encryption and signing keys, as well as executing sensitive functions within their protected boundaries.

nShield HSMs also support a wide range of cryptographic algorithms, including elliptic-curve cryptography algorithms that deliver high-speed transactions ideally suited to today’s compact computing environments, as well as the industry’s most widely used operating systems and APIs.

The nShield Family comes in three convenient form factors:

nShield Connect

The Connect HSM is a network-attached appliance that delivers cryptographic services to applications distributed across the network.

nShield Connect HSMs are available in two series: classic nShield Connect+ HSMs and the high-performance nShield Connect XC HSM series.

nShield Solo

The Solo is a PCIe card for embedding in appliances or servers that delivers cryptographic services to applications hosted on a server or appliance.

nShield Solo HSMs are available in two series: classic nShield Solo+ HSMs and the high-performance nShield Solo XC HSM series.

nShield Edge

The Edge is a portable USB-based desktop device designed for convenience and economy. The Edge is ideal for developers as it supports applications such as low volume root key generation and offers an entry level security solution. The edge is also a perfect solution for off-line key generation for certificate authorities (CAs), low cost HSM development and Cloud Bring you Own Key (BYOK) environments.

nShield HSMs

nShield HSMs are deployed to give high assurance to a variety of business applications including BACS-TEL, SEPA, public key infrastructures (PKI), SSL/TLS encryption key protection, code signing, digital signing and blockchain.

As growth in the Internet of Things creates greater demand for device IDs and certificates, nShield HSMs will continue to support critical security measures such as device authentication using digital certificates.

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The optional nShield Web Services Crypto API streamlines the interface between your applications and HSMs by executing commands through web service calls. This innovative approach facilitates deployments by removing the need to integrate applications directly with nShield, and eliminates dependencies on OS and architecture design choices. A cloud-friendly solution, the Web Services Crypto API interfaces with applications hosted in the cloud as well as in traditional data centers.


nShield BYOK lets you generate strong keys in your on-premises nShield HSM and securely export them to your cloud applications, whether you use Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure— or all three. With nShield BYOK, you strengthen the security of your key management practices, gain greater control over your keys and ensure that you are sharing in the responsibility of keeping your data secure in the cloud.

  • nShield BYOK brings you the following benefits:
    Safer key management practices that strengthen the security of your sensitive data in the cloud
  • Stronger key generation using nShield’s high entropy random number generator protected by FIPS-certified hardware
  • Greater control over keys—use your own nShield HSMs in your own environment to create and securely export your keys to the cloud


nShield Monitor and nShield Remote Administration, available for nShield Solo and Connect HSMs, help you cut operational costs while staying informed and in command 24×7 of your HSM estates.

nCipher’s remote monitoring and management products help you to:

  • Optimize HSM performance, infrastructure planning and uptime using nShield Monitor to inform your staff about load trends, usage statistics, tamper
    events, warnings, and alerts
  • Reduce travel costs and save time by managing HSMs through nShield Remote Administration’s powerful and secure interface


nShield HSMs are an integral part of the nCipher Security World architecture which creates a unique, flexible key management environment. With Security World, you can combine different nShield HSM models to build a unified ecosystem that delivers
scalability, seamless failover and load balancing.

Security World provides interoperability whether you deploy one or hundreds of HSMs, lets you manage an unlimited number of keys, and backs up and restores key material automatically and remotely.

nCipher Security World offers the following benefits:

  • Helps you easily scale your nShield HSM estate as your needs grow
  • Preserves system resiliency
  • Saves time by eliminating time-consuming HSM back-ups


In addition to protecting your sensitive keys, nShield Solo and Connect HSMs also provide a secure environment for running your proprietary applications.
The CodeSafe option lets you develop and execute code within the nShield’s FIPS 140-2 Level 3 boundaries, safeguarding your applications from potential attacks.

CodeSafe helps you to:

  • Achieve high assurance by executing sensitive applications and protecting application data end points inside a certified environment
  • Protect security-sensitive applications against hazards such as insider attacks, malware and advanced persistent threats
  • Eliminate the risk of unauthorized application changes or malware infection using code signing
Partnering with industry leaders

nCipher partners with leading technology providers to deliver enhanced solutions that address a wide set of industry security challenges and help customers achieve their digital transformation goals.

Through the nCipher technology partner program, nCipher collaborates with partners to integrate nShield HSMs into a variety of security solutions including credentialing and PKI, database security, code signing, digital signatures, privileged account management, application delivery, and cloud and big data intelligence.

ID-3 Personal Touch

A specialist supplier with industry experience can provide the assurance that you are speaking to the right person. We pride ourselves on being at hand to assist your delivery throughout its life-cycle. A single call to connect you to HSM expertise which you simply wont find at general re-sellers.

ID-3 Service Support

Unlike other re-sellers ID-3 is the UK’s only service led consultancy and re-seller who can offer comprehensive assistance for payShield 10k and its associated management tools to support your ITIL related service delivery.

ID-3 offers rapid over the phone or email advice and support to its customers from our team of in-house experts without depending on the vendors.

ID-3 has a proven track record of delivering HSMs into highly regulated environments and can offer an extensive range of professional service options and training options to help any team correctly implement the nShield in to any regulated environment.

ID-3 Documentation

Procedures are critical to every service. ID-3 HSM procedures are available to our customers via download from our portal and customised for your environment removing the arduous task of needing to become expert prior to business as usual handover and reducing the time it takes to get the service into production.