The SCA enables security administrators to easily configure commands, define parameters, calculate cryptograms, and inject cryptographic keys into Atalla Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) in a trusted manner. SCA implements an easy-to-use GUI with natural event and decision flow in the most convenient way to navigate improving security administrator user experience and productivity reducing risks of errors.
The Atalla SCA supports AES 128, 246-bit keys along with legacy single-length DES, 2-key and 3-key triple DES, public key cryptography Atalla Key Block key management, and legacy variant key management.
Atalla Secure Keypad is a secure cryptographic device (SCD) used to manually enter key components and smart card PINs. The Atalla Secure Keypad has a built-in smart card reader, keypad and LCD display.
Atalla Secure Keypad is designed to meet the increased security requirements of PCI, x9.24 part 1, and other financial standards covering the manual entry of key components. All key components and smart card PINs are entered directly into the Atalla Secure Keypad and communicated securely to the smart card, isolating all security relevant data items from the SCA or any other components in between.
Atalla SCA smart cards are personalized to individual cardholders, such as security administrators, IT managers, or executives. An organization defines its own security policy by setting the minimum number of cardholders required to approve each type of security action. Atalla SCA uses public key cryptography to establish an encrypted channel with the Atalla HSM. All subsequent communication between these devices is symmetrically encrypted. Security associations are formed between the SCA smart cards and the Atalla HSM products they configure and manage.
Atalla SCA security administrator smart cards enforce “M of N” quorum control to perform user authentication and support multiple controls for Atalla HSM configuration. Atalla SCA Backup Operator Smart Cards are used for quickly replicating and restoring Atalla HSM configurations on new or restored HSM.