payShield HSM family of Payment HSMs

Designed for the payment industry, payShield HSMs are proven solutions that deliver capabilities for issuing credentials, processing transactions and managing keys.

What payShield HSMs Do

payShield hardware security modules (HSMs) are used throughout the global payment ecosystem by issuers, service providers, acquirers, processors and payment networks. They play a fundamental role in securing payment credential issuing, user authentication, card authentication and sensitive data protection for both face-to-face and digital remote payments. The cryptographic needs of all major payments applications for contact chip, contactless chip, mobile secure elements and host card emulation applications are supported to address the evolving security standards from organizations including EMVCo, PCI SSC and GlobalPlatform as part of broader security audit compliance requirements.

For more than 30 years, Thales payment HSMs have been involved in a wide range of applications. The main role of a payShield HSM is to protect cryptographic keys and sensitive data in a highly secure manner such that the integrity of two fundamental processes is maintained:

1. Equipping consumers to make payments
  • Dealing with the complexity of EMV chip cards or mobile-based applications
  • Keeping control of critical user credential assets
  • Maintaining a high level of security (to avoid counterfeiting or rogue payment instruments)
2. Facilitating a secure payments process
  • Being able to scale quickly to handle higher transaction volumes
  • Ensuring that sensitive data is protected at all times
  • Facilitating transactions originating from a diverse range of payment instruments (with more and more no longer under bank control).

Brochure : Transaction processing using payShield HSMs

Thales payShield HSMs are the devices of choice for leading payment solution providers and technology vendors. This document provides an overview of the features and benefits of the payShield transaction processing functionality that is used to help secure the retail payments ecosystem.


Brochure : Sensitive data protection in the retail card payments ecosystem

This document provides an overview of how organizations can leverage a mixture of the payShield HSM and Vormetric Data Security Platform solutions to provide complete protection of sensitive data as part of their retail card payment processing activities which are linked to a customer PAN. The technology covered is suitable for protecting transactions made using physical plastic cards (contact and contactless), mobile wallet transactions (in-store and remote) and online/e-Commerce browser-based transactions.


Brochure : Payment credential issuing using payShield HSMs

Thales HSMs have been used for years to prepare data for EMV chip cards, personalize the cards and help manage the complete lifecycle of the cryptographic keys and associated payment application credentials. payShield also supports the data preparation and provisioning of mobile devices, wearables and connected devices used to make payments. This document provides an overview of the payShield issuance functionality.


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