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In all industries the requirements of cryptographic key management are becoming increasingly complex. Ensuring that each key is in the right place at the right time for the right use is a constraint for many organizations, such as card issuing banks, transport operators and identity card or passport issuers. The proliferation of applications and HSMs requires the establishment of centralized tools for key management and harmonization of procedures for key management. Bull’s KMC solution has been designed to manage keys for banks and large organizations.

The Bull Key Management Center (KMC) offers key management functions to perform key ceremonies in a secure environment, independent from production systems. KMC’s graphical user interface makes it easier to carry out key ceremonies. Centralized key management on the KMC ensures the highest level of security, limits related costs and eliminates the need for key management on production servers. The use of smart cards offers greater security and convenience for secure backup, recovery and transfer of cryptographic keys. The key introduction device is connected directly to the HSM of the KMC for entering PINs and key components, in order to provide a trusted path for the introduction of secrets.

Bull KMC offers several import/export formats, to exchange keys with partners and includes key distribution to target HSMs from Bull (CRYPT2Pay and CRYPT2Protect) and other vendors.

Card issuers around the world are moving to EMV in order to reduce card payment fraud, but the process of issuing EMV cards requires a high level of security.
Cryptomathic CardInk is a data preparation system (data formatting and key management), which offers exactly that while maintaining flexibility to meet any card issuing environment (e.g. mag stripe, chip, single- and multi-applications, instant issuing).

Cryptomathic CardInk is designed for banks which would like to internalize data preparation and for service bureaus which process data preparation for card personalization.

The solution interfaces with major card management systems and personalization machines.

CRYPT2Pay is fully integrated into the Cryptomathic CardInk solution.

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