Trust is a critical requirement for the feasibility of eInvoicing. Digital signatures, powered by encryption and public key infrastructure (PKI), represent the means for establishing trust in eInvoicing. Digital signatures give all parties the confidence required to trust that invoices come from known entities, and that they have not been altered in transit. In turn, these digital signatures need to have foolproof, comprehensive security mechanisms to protect them: If digital signatures are in any way compromised, the entire eInvoicing infrastructure will be compromised.
SafeNet Key Management for eInvoicing
SafeNet hardware security modules (HSMs) are dedicated systems that physically and logically secure the cryptographic keys and cryptographic processing that are at the heart of digital signatures. eInvoices are digitally signed with a secure private signing key, which requires an HSM capable of performing certificate authority management tasks. The HSM stores the keys within the secure confines of the appliance throughout the key life cycle. The HSM enables the organization to secure digitally certified invoices and to cryptographically bind the identity of the certifying party to the invoice. By storing cryptographic keys in a centralized, hardened device, HSMs can eliminate the risks associated with having these assets housed on disparate, poorly secured platforms. In addition, this centralization can significantly streamline security administration.
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