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== Definition ==
 
== Definition ==
   
A '''hardware security module''' ('''HSM''') is a type of [[secure]] [[cryptoprocessor]] targeted at managing [[digital key]]s, accelerating [[cryptoprocess]]es in terms of [[digital signing]]s/second and for providing strong [[authentication]] to [[access]] [[critical key]]s for [[server application]]s. These modules are physical [[device]]s that traditionally come in the form of a [[plug-in card]] or an external [[TCP/IP]] [[security device]] that can be attached directly to the [[server]] or general purpose [[computer]].
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A '''hardware security module''' (also called a '''host security module''') ('''HSM''') is a type of [[secure]] [[cryptoprocessor]] targeted at managing [[digital key]]s, accelerating [[cryptoprocess]]es in terms of [[digital signing]]s/second and for providing strong [[authentication]] to [[access]] [[critical key]]s for [[server application]]s. These modules are physical [[device]]s that traditionally come in the form of a [[plug-in card]] or an external [[TCP/IP]] [[security device]] that can be attached directly to the [[server]] or general purpose [[computer]].
   
   

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Definition

A hardware security module (also called a host security module) (HSM) is a type of secure cryptoprocessor targeted at managing digital keys, accelerating cryptoprocesses in terms of digital signings/second and for providing strong authentication to access critical keys for server applications. These modules are physical devices that traditionally come in the form of a plug-in card or an external TCP/IP security device that can be attached directly to the server or general purpose computer.


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