Thales e-Security’s WebSentry family offers system integrators and application developers new levels of flexibilty and scalability as well as the highest degree of protection for electronic applications operated across open networks.
WebSentry is a family of hardware cryptographic processors that support e-Business application security requirements, including transaction protection and digital signatures.
WebSentry PCI and Ethernet devices are cost-effective security solutions providing the cryptographic functionality necessary to support Internet applications. Reducing the risk of fraud for e-Business transactions, the WebSentry family seamlessly integrates into the application and employs the latest techniques in cryptography to provide, at a competitive price, a flexible means of conducting business as well as purchasing goods and services over public networks.
The architecture underneath the WebSentry Security Platform is capable of supporting the security and operational needs of e-Business applications. By using WebSentry, significant performance improvements are achieved in the provision of service over the Internet. The e-Business application servers can offload the burden of cryptographic key management and operations to the WebSentry devices and concentrate on service delivery.
The WebSentry PCI and Ethernet devices can be combined logically, thus offering a fully flexible clustered architecture for the application server. At the centre of the architecture, the WebSentry Resource Manager manages the traffic between the devices, totally transparently to the calling application. The WebSentry architecture also provides a totally automated key management system within a cluster of devices, guaranteeing that keys are automatically replicated between devices of a same cluster. Redundancy is also provided inside a cluster of WebSentry devices, thus adding to the systems’ inherent reliability.
The WebSentry architecture offers a scaleable base for developing and supporting e-business solutions with the ability to add new devices as and when the performance needs of the application grow, with no need to change the calling software. The WebSentry family meets the needs of small businesses and multi-national corporates alike handling numerous transactions per second securely and reliably.
Tamper-resistant and tamper-evident, The WebSentry devices provide the highest level of physical and cryptographic security. The platform’s “SafeGuard” Security Subsystem (SGSS) is certified by NIST and the Canadian Security Establishment to be compliant with FIPS 140-1 Level 4. The FIPS 140-1 standard is applicable to all US and Canadian Government agencies using cryptographic devices to secure transactions and communications. The standard is also globally recognised in financial and business markets.
Integration of the WebSentry platform into e-Business applications is seamless. In addition to the comprehensive installation and management tools, a cryptographic Application Programming Interface(APIs) compliant with the PKCS#11 standard is available for interfacing to e-Business systems and applications. For applications that do not meet the PKCS#11 standard, the WebSentry interface can be tailored to support customised functions, without jeopardising the high levels of security and flexibility of the platform. These benefits, the ability to implement custom algorithms and the upgradability of the WebSentry devices secures the service provider’s investment extending the useful life of the platform.
Thales e-Security provides e-business security solutions to several thousand customers worldwide. Over half of the world’s banks, together with the majority of the busiest exchanges, currently use Thales e-Security technology. Operating in three main markets covering e-security, card payment and network security, Thales e-Security addresses the business security needs of corporates and governments alike. For more than 20 years the company has been at the forefront of security and payment technology, co-operating and contributing to set the industry standards used for financial transactions and e-commerce globally.
Thales is one of Europe’s largest professional electronics groups and a world leader in three areas: Aerospace, Defence, and Information Technology & Services. Thales now has close to 65,000 employees worldwide and in 2000 generated revenues of Â¬ 8.6 billion.Details