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Thales payShield 9000 achieves PCI HSM compliance

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Thales payShield 9000 achieves PCI HSM compliance


Acquirers and Issuers can meet card scheme requirements with certified HSM


CARTES 2011, Paris, France – 16 November 2011 – Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces that its award-winning payShield 9000 Hardware Security Module (HSM) has achieved PCI HSM compliance.


Acquirers and Issuers can now build systems based on a PCI HSM that meet the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) the body established by the major card schemes (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa) to improve the protection of card holder information across the global payments network and at merchant facilities. PCI HSM is the first HSM standard to be introduced to specifically address the security requirements when handling cardholder data. It is expected that PCI HSM will become the default requirement for payments-related HSMs and is already explicitly mandated in recent guidelines and encryption standards issued by the PCI SSC.


“As the leading provider of HSMs, Thales has long championed best practices and industry standards. It is vital that customers have a high level of confidence in the products they buy and independent certification of a product’s security properties is a powerful tool for establishing consistency and in building that confidence,” says Franck Greverie, Thales vice president in charge of information technology security activities. “Receiving PCI HSM certification for payShield 9000 demonstrates our commitment to achieving internationally recognized standards and compliance requirements as well as delivering innovative and high quality security solutions.”


Thales payment HSMs protect more than 70% of the world’s card payments. Designed specifically to secure card payment systems, payShield is a high-performance tamper-resistant security platform that protects cryptographic keys and other sensitive information such as customer PINs and cardholder data. payShield 9000 is the first payment HSM to meet the resilience needs of modern data centers with dual power supplies, and once installed can be managed entirely remotely reducing operational costs and the inconvenience of on site management.  The superior cryptographic processing capabilities of payShield 9000 satisfy the ever-increasing demand for performance driven by rising transaction volumes and rapidly emerging payment services such as mobile phone based payments and contactless cards. Any organization deploying payments systems, virtually all of which require the use of HSMs, can now be confident they will meet future PCI SSC mandates, even as those systems evolve and grow.


Thales’s payShield 9000 was awarded Best Transaction Security Solution 2011 by SC Magazine – acknowledged for its world-leading cryptographic performance and resilience.


Products certified to PCI HSM can be found at: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/approved_companies_providers/approved_pin_transaction_security.php (search under ‘product type’ and ‘HSM’).


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Thales is exhibiting at CARTES & IDentification 2011, Paris, France, 15-17 November 2011 – Stand 4J092 (Hall 4)


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 they secure more than 70 percent of worldwide payment transactions.  Thales e-Security has offices in France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit www.thales-esecurity.com


About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the defence & security and the aerospace & transport markets. In 2010 the company generated revenues of €13.1 billion, with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 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 as local partners. www.thalesgroup.com


Press contact:

Dorothée Bonneil

Thales, media relations – Security

Tel: +33 (0)6 84 79 65 86



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