Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Crypto Key Management System - Part 3

Part 3: Choosing the Right Key Management System

In this concluding part, we will examine the business case for introducing a new key management system and define 20 criteria to help you select the optimal solution for both your current and future needs.

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Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Crypto Key Management System - Part 2

Part 2: The Requirement for a Key Management System

In Part 1of this three-part article, we introduced the concept of key management and the functions and benefits of a key management system. In this part, we will consider how the requirement for a new key management system arises and then explore the underlying business drivers and benefits of such a system in each scenario.

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Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Crypto Key Management System - Part 1

Part 1: What is a Key Management System?

In this, the first part of a three-part article, we start off by looking at what key management is, the function of a key management system and the benefits it provides.

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Classification of Cryptographic Keys

This article is intended as a primer on the classification of cryptographic keys used for securing digital applications.

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HSMs and Key Management: Effective Key Security

Appropriate management of cryptographic keys is essential for the application of cryptography. This is often aided by the use of a hardware security module (HSM), a dedicated hardware machine with an embedded processor that offers cryptographic services to users, applications, and computers in a network, and which explicitly protects cryptographic keys at every phase of their life cycle.

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Key Management – A Question of Ownership

This article looks at the problems associated with key management that are common in many businesses today, where there is no clear ownership; then it examines the benefits of a centralized key management system and offers advice on building the business case to demonstrate both operational cost savings and a reduction in corporate risk.

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Turning Cryptography into a Service - Part 2

Part 2 – Accelerating Time-to-Market

 With the increase in e-commerce and electronic communications on the one hand, and the growing challenges of cybercrime and data protection regulation on the other hand, cryptography is becoming an increasingly important business enabler.

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Turning Cryptography into a Service - Part 1

Part 1 – Increasing Efficiency & Resilience

This two-part article discusses how cryptography is employed within organizations today and examines some of the challenges it raises, both for large, established enterprises and for start-ups within emerging markets such as FinTech, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain.

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Key Management for GDPR


Much has already been written about EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25th May 2018 to protect EU citizens’ personal data. It applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of data subjects residing in the EU, regardless of the company’s location. Unlike EU Directives, GDPR does not require national legislation to enact its provisions, so organizations not in compliance may face fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 Million (whichever is greater) from day one. The scope of the Regulation is broad, so this article will focus on the important role of encryption and particularly key management in aiding compliance. But first, let’s understand some key concepts and terminology:

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