nShield Edge HSMs


The nShield Edge is an entry level FIPS 140-2 certified HSM ideal for low demand cryptographic services. A cost effective HSM solution, the nShield Edge is an excellent choice for mobile environments while performing identical functions to fully-fledged nShield HSMs.



  • Ideal for low-volume transaction environments

    Suits off-line key generation and development environments, while delivering complete algorithm and API support

  • Highly portable

    Small, lightweight design with convenient USB interface supports a wide variety of host platforms, including laptops and other portable devices

  • Cost effective

    The most economical HSM in the nShield family, nShield Edge gives you an entry-point HSM, while letting you scale your environment with other nShield models as needed


  • Certified hardware solutions

    Thales e-Security has earned a broad set of certifications for nShield products. These certifications help our customers to demonstrate compliance while also giving them the assurance that their nShield HSMs meet stringent industry standards.

    Security compliance:

    • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Level 3

    Safety and environmental standards compliance:

    • UL, CE, FCC, C-TICK, Canada ICES
    • RoHS2, WEEE
  • Wide support for APIs, cryptographic algorithms and OSs

    Supported APIs

    • PKCS#11, OpenSSL, Java (JCE), Microsoft CAPI and CNG

    Supported Cryptographic Algorithms

    • Asymmetric public key algorithms: RSA, Diffie-Hellman, ECMQV, DSA, KCDSA, ECDSA, ECDH
    • Symmetric algorithms: AES, AES-GCM, ARIA, Camellia, CAST, RIPEMD160 HMAC, SEED, Triple DES
    • Hash/message digest: SHA-1, SHA-2 (224, 256, 384, 512 bit), HAS-160
    • Full Suite B implementation with fully licensed ECC including Brainpool and custom curves

    nShield HSMs offers support for the majority of these cryptographic algorithms as part of the standard feature set. For organizations wishing to use ECC or South Korean algorithms, optional activation licenses are needed.

    Operating Systems

    • Windows and Linux


Options and Accessories:
  • CipherTools Developer Toolkit

    The CipherTools Developer Toolkit is a set of tutorials, reference documentation, sample programs and additional libraries. With this toolkit, developers can take full advantage of the advanced integration capabilities of nShield HSMs. In addition to offering support for standard APIs, the toolkit enables you to run custom applications with nShield HSMs

  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) activation

    The ECC activation license enables EC-DH, EC-DSA and EC-MQV to be used on an nShield HSM

  • KCDSA activation

    With the KCDSA activation license, you can use the Korean Certificate-based Digital Signature Algorithm (KCSDA) as well as HAS-160, SEED and ARIA algorithms on an nShield HSM

  • FIPS certification options

    The nShield Edge is available in FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Level 3 variants. A non-FIPS developer edition is also offered