Payment solutions provider Thales has launched a new digital payments security service that aims to streamline the way users adopt cloud-based payments infrastructure.

Thales payShield Cloud HSM is a subscription-based model that can be used in hybrid environments, enabling existing customers to move any application to the cloud at their own pace while avoiding disruption to their on-prem HSM infrastructure, the company said.

The new service integrates with Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform for multi-cloud implementations. It works by simplifying the sharing of production HSMs across multiple locations and applications, meaning HSMs can be added more quickly to meet capacity needs. The company said in a statement the approach is as an alternative way for businesses to fulfil their payment security needs.

“Across industries and geographies, digital services are steadily transitioning from on-premises to cloud-based offerings. Payment solutions are no exception,” said Todd Moore, vice president of data security products at Thales.

“Our cloud-based payShield 10K HSM service provides a new, flexible and fully-compliant solution for facilitating digital and face-to-face payments. This new offering delivers the exceptional performance customers expect from our payment HSM platforms, including low-latency operations with leading cloud platforms,” he added.

The service, which has been built on the Thales’ payShield 10K Payment Hardware Security Module (HSM), is currently supported by multiple data centres across the US and EU regions. According to the firm, a key focus of these is helping businesses tackle the growing challenges of data sovereignty.

The payShield Cloud HSM service is available to existing Thales customers migrating to a multi-cloud environment or adopting a hybrid approach as well as businesses looking for a cloud service payment security approach.

Software development company, Prime Factors  tested its Bank Card Security System (BCSS) with the payShield Cloud HSM service recently. Jose Diaz, its vice president for products & services said: “Not only are our BCSS customers able to leverage the full functionality of payShield in the cloud, but they can seamlessly do so with payShield HSMs across hybrid environments. BCSS allows easy and flexible control over using Thales payment HSMs on premises and in the cloud – designating specific functionality in one environment or another or load-balancing functionality across cloud and local payShield HSMs.”

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