nCipher Teams With Microsoft
nCipher hardware security modules are certified by Microsoft for use with RMS.As part of Microsoft Corp.s effort to re-launch its Rights Management Services technology, hardware security specialist nCipher plc. this week will announce that its HSMs have been certified by Microsoft for use with RMS, the only modules holding that distinction. The announcement is a big first step for Microsoft along the road to broader adoption of RMS. The technology, released last year, is designed to aid enterprises in protecting intellectual property and in governing which users have access to which documents. The system relies heavily on cryptography to protect documents, which is where nCipher comes in.
The company last year introduced a security module, known as NetHSM, that can be shared among a group of servers. The concept is somewhat counterintuitive, considering that hardware security modules were developed to provide dedicated hardware-level security for one machine. However, in environments where a managed service provider is managing an enterprises public-key infrastructure, a shareable HSM can be more financially and computationally efficient.