HSM as a Service

Best of Breed

HSMs provide centralised lifecycle management of cryptographic keys – from generation, distribution, rotation, storage, termination, and archival – in a purpose-built, highly secure appliance.

Cogito Group offer the best of breed identity management and digital security hardware and software products. We partner with leading international hardware providers to ensure we deliver product solutions that are tailored to the needs of our clients.

Our Hardware security products include Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), Tokens, Smart Cards, Readers, Secure USB Keys Secure SANs and Firewalls.

Our HSMs provide a high level of protection for transactions, identities, and applications by securing cryptographic keys and provisioning encryption, decryption, authentication, and digital signing services. Performance is enhanced through a larger transactional throughput.

Know You Are Secure 

HSM as a Service (Hardware Security Module as a Service) is a cloud-based solution that provides access to Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) through a subscription model. HSMs are specialized hardware devices designed to securely manage, store, and process cryptographic keys and perform cryptographic operations.

  • Secure Key Management: HSM as a Service offers a secure environment for generating, storing, and managing cryptographic keys. It ensures that keys remain protected from unauthorised access and tampering.
  • Cryptographic Operations: Users can perform a variety of cryptographic operations, including encryption, decryption, digital signing, and key wrapping, using the HSM’s capabilities.
  • Scalability: HSM as a Service allows for seamless scalability, enabling organizations to adjust their cryptographic key infrastructure to meet changing demands without the need for significant hardware investments.
  • Compliance: HSM as a Service providers often adhere to industry standards and compliance requirements, such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR, ensuring that cryptographic operations meet regulatory standards.
  • High Availability: Many HSM as a Service offerings provide high availability and redundancy features to ensure continuous access to cryptographic services and keys.
  • Integration: HSM as a Service can integrate with various cloud services, applications, and platforms, enabling organizations to easily incorporate cryptographic capabilities into their existing infrastructure.


Reduced Cost

By leveraging a subscription-based model, organisations can avoid the upfront costs associated with purchasing and maintaining physical HSMs, resulting in cost savings and predictable expenses.

Improved Security 

HSM as a Service offers robust security features, including tamper resistance, encryption, and access controls, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of cryptographic keys.


HSM as a Service offers robust security features, including tamper resistance, encryption, and access controls, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of cryptographic keys.

Simplified Management

HSM as a Service providers handle hardware maintenance, software updates, and security patches, freeing organizations from the burden of managing and maintaining HSM infrastructure.

Rapid Deployment

With HSM as a Service, organizations can quickly deploy cryptographic services without the need for lengthy procurement and implementation processes.

HSMs and TRSMs

A Tamper Resistant Security Module (TRSM) and a Hardware Security Module (HSM) are commonly used to protect keys.

A TRSM is a hardware module that is installed in devices such as a payment terminal to store and generate the encryption keys and to perform encryption. A TRSM can destroy itself and render useless any data or keys stored in it if someone attempts to tamper with it.

An HSM is a hardware module used mostly in back-end systems for secure key management and decryption. It provides the ability to manage keys according to several standards and are built to meet standards such as common criteria and FIPS 140.

Typically, keys protected by an HSM are considered high-value keys where their compromise would cause a significant negative impact to the owner. HSM functions include:

  • Internal secure cryptographic key generation.
  • Internal secure key storage and management.
  • Use of cryptographic and sensitive data material.
  • Performing cryptographic functions offloaded from application servers.

HSM Experience

Cogito Group has a vast amount of experience with key management and protection in a number of forms such as storage in HSMs. Cogito Group has sold and supported HSMs since its inception. It has staff however that have been supporting HSMs for much longer. Cogito Group has decades of experience with a number of products including the following:

  • Safenet/Gemalto/Thales Luna, Key Secure and Vormetric product lines.
  • nCipher (formally Thales eSecurity) Connect, Solo and Edge series.
  • Fortanix
  • Cavium
  • Ultra (formerly AEP)
  • Utimaco
  • Blackbox

HSM Deployment Services

Onsite HSM Deployment, Installation, Licences, and Config

Provision of As-Built Documentation

Initial Key Ceremony

HSM Support

Integration to Monitoring and Logging (SIEM) Systems

Implementation of Management Features incl. Remote Admin

Provision of Key Ceremony Documents

Operator Training

Installation Completion and Acceptance Into Production