Thales nShield Solo

ICT Security & Thales nShield Solo Solutions

Thales nShield Solo, part of the nCipher product range, is a family of embedded, general-purpose HSMs for servers and appliances that safeguard encryption and digital signing keys and that can optionally run custom applications on the module to protect data in use.

Previously known simply as “nShield”, nShield Solo protects encryption and signing keys on servers in a highly secure, tamper-resistant hardware module. It is compatible with platforms offering PCI, PCI-X and PCI Express interfaces.

Built to meet demands for high cryptographic performance, the nShield Solo family frees computing resources for your applications. It is commonly used as a cost-effective solution for standalone or clustered servers, and appliances that don’t warrant the scalability of a network-attached HSM, such as nShield Connect.

The security boundary of the nShield Solo family is validated for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+. All models are also available at a lower price as a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 variant.


  • Cost-effective dedicated HSM for servers
  • Protects cryptographic keys and data of sensitive applications in secure hardware
  • Enables easy automated key backup with secure recovery
  • Enhances security and cryptographic acceleration for OEM appliances
  • Reduces cost through remote management
  • Lowers TCO with Security World management
  • Avoids bottlenecks through premium performance
  • Readily integrates with third-party applications
  • Protects data in hostile environments with CodeSafe technology
  • Delivers FIPS and Common Criteria compliance
NShield Solo

 Watch how to setup a nShield Solo within 15 minutes:

Watch this video to see how to set up nShield Solo on a server. Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Generate a new Security World with nShield Solo
  • Create the Administrator Card Set (ACS)
  • Generate an Operator Card Set (OCS) using the CSP Install Wizard
  • Verify that the installation was successful

Duration: 13:44 minutes – The video does not cover the integration of the actual application because the process differs by application.

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