nShield Monitor is a comprehensive HSM monitoring platform that enables operations teams to gain 24x7 visibility into the status of all their nShield HSMs, including those residing across distributed data centers. With this solution, security teams can efficiently inspect HSMs and find out immediately if any potential security, configuration or utilization issue may compromise their mission-critical infrastructure.

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Central Monitoring Capabilities

nShield Monitor refreshes utilization statistics for all HSMs every minute. The solution generates alerts based on thresholds you define. Choose from email, SNMP, syslog, or web interface as the delivery channel for any alerts. You define specific time periods for in-depth analysis, including last hour, 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or custom intervals. nShield Monitor reports on a range of attributes including:

  • Operational status
  • Physical security and any tamper attempts
  • Alarms and alerts
  • Utilization and capacity
  • Configuration changes with user tracking

  • HSM Compatibility

  • nShield Edge, Solo, Solo+, Connect and Connect+ with Security World Software v11.72 and higher
  • nShield Solo XC and Connect XC with Security World Software v12.40 and higher
  • Role-based Access Control

    nShield supports three distinct user roles to enhance security and establish clear separation of configuration and administration duties. These three roles are:

  • Administrator, manages deployment
  • Group Manager, controls monitoring of HSMs and groups of HSMs

  • Virtual Appliance Minimum Specification

  • 2 CPUs with 2 cores each
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Thin provisioned hard drives
  • Compatible with ESXi 5.1 and later (VM Version 9)


    nShield HSMs often run in physically secure, lights-out data centers in locations far from the people who manage them. nShield Remote Administration lets you manage your HSMs – including adding applications, upgrading firmware, and checking status – wherever and whenever you choose. This means less travel to data centers, helping you cut costs and optimize your resources.

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    nShield Remote Administration Compatibility and Prerequisites

  • nShield Solo PCIe and Connect HSMs
  • nShield Solo+, Solo XC, Connect+ and Connect XC with Security World software v12.40 and higher
  • Remote Administration Client software is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS X
  • nShield v12.00 and above software and 2.61.2 and above firmware.
  • Customer-supplied LAN or VPN and remote access solution.

  • Hypervisor Compatibility

    The OVA can be installed on the following virtual platforms:

  • vSphere ESXi 6.0, ESXi 6.5
  • VMware Workstation 12, 14
  • VMware Fusion 10
  • Oracle VirtualBox 6.0
  • Hyper-V image can be installed on the following virtual platforms:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V, AzurAdministrator, manages deployment

  • Remote Administration Kits

    Remote Administration Kits contain the elements that enable Remote Administration on nShield HSMs. The kits contain one or more Trusted Verification Devices (TVDs) (secure USB-connected smart card readers), Remote Administration Cards (smart cards), and Remote Administration Client software and a license. Kits are sized and priced by tiers based on the number of HSMs in the estate.

    FIPS certifications

    Both the firmware supporting Remote Administration and the Remote Administration Cards are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certified.

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