What is Azure Key Vault Managed HSM (preview)?

Azure Key Vault Managed HSM is a fully managed, highly available, single-tenant, standards-compliant cloud service that enables you to safeguard cryptographic keys for your cloud applications, using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs.

Why use Managed HSM?

Fully managed, highly available, single-tenant HSM as a service

  • Fully managed: HSM provisioning, configuration, patching, and maintenance is handled by the service.
  • Highly available and zone resilient (where Availability zones are supported): Each HSM cluster consists of multiple HSM partitions that span across at least two availability zones. If the hardware fails, member partitions for your HSM cluster will be automatically migrated to healthy nodes.
  • Single-tenant: Each Managed HSM instance is dedicated to a single customer and consists of a cluster of multiple HSM partitions. Each HSM cluster uses a separate customer-specific security domain that cryptographically isolates each customer's HSM cluster.

Access control, enhanced data protection & compliance

  • Centralized key management: Manage critical, high-value keys across your organization in one place. With granular per key permissions, control access to each key on the 'least privileged access' principle.
  • Isolated access control: Managed HSM "local RBAC" access control model allows designated HSM cluster administrators to have complete control over the HSMs that even management group, subscription, or resource group administrators cannot override.
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs: Protect your data and meet compliance requirements with FIPS ((Federal Information Protection Standard)) 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. Managed HSMs use Marvell LiquidSecurity HSM adapters.
  • Monitor and audit: fully integrated with Azure monitor. Get complete logs of all activity via Azure Monitor. Use Azure Log Analytics for analytics and alerts.

Integrated with Azure and Microsoft PaaS/SaaS services

Uses same API and management interfaces as Key Vault

  • Easily migrate your existing applications that use a vault (a multi-tenant) to use managed HSMs.
  • Use same application development and deployment patterns for all your applications irrespective of key management solution in use: multi-tenant vaults or single-tenant managed HSMs

Import keys from your on-premise HSMs

  • Generate HSM-protected keys in your on-premise HSM and import them securely into Managed HSM

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