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Differentiating Key Managers & HSMs - Who Let the Keys Out?

May 15, 2018 / by Ken Czajkowski

Along with the rest of the industry, we recently attended the RSA Conference in San Francisco. While there, many conversations about Fornetix Key Orchestration (KO) started with “You’re an HSM?” or “I already have an HSM… why do I need a key manager?”  Key managers have very clear differences from Hardware Security Modules (HSMs.)  The main differences reside in how the encryption keys can be used by a Key Manager or HSM.  There are other more important differentiators, however, let’s start with how key managers leverage open standards, like the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), and what exactly an HSM is.

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