HSM tokens and HSM cards
The HSM token is a hardware token that is inserted in the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port of the PC hosting the SWIFTNet Link.
The HSM card is an Integrated Circuit Card that is inserted in a card reader, which itself is connected to the PC hosting the SWIFTNet Link through a USB port.
- Ease of use
To start using your HSM, you just need to plug the HSM token or the HSM card reader in the USB port of your SWIFTNet Link and to insert the HSM card in the reader.
HSM tokens and cards can be easily removed from the PC hosting the SWIFTNet Link when not needed. Additionally, they can be moved onto another SWIFTNet Link host in full security as accessing the certificate requires providing its password.
The HSM box is a hardware box that the SWIFTNet Links access over the local area network (LAN).
HSM boxes are accessible over the local area network and can be shared between multiple SWIFTNet Links. Each certificate is stored in a different partition that has its own access control protection.
HSM boxes allow storing hundreds of certificates and support low to high throughput.
HSM boxes can be configured in a high-availability cluster that minimises downtime and preserve certificates in case of failure. The boxes own the same certificates and handle the traffic in parallel.