Future Market Insights has recently published a market research report, according to which, the global hardware security module market will record a total incremental opportunity of over a billion dollar, during the forecast period of 2018 to 2028.
Hardware security modules serve cryptographic functions, which include encryption, decryption, key management/generation, and hashing. A hardware security module is also referred to as Secure Application Module (SAM), Personal Computer Security Module (PCSM), Tamper Resistance Security Module (TRSM), Secure Signature Creation Device (SSCD), hardware cryptographic device, or cryptographic module.
Security Applications Spreading Roots Fast, in the IoT Space
The rising adoption of next-generation security solutions, which is a remarkable trend in the market, aids in improving the products as well as the operational efficiency of enterprises. Existing security solutions are evolving towards context-aware computing technology, which enables enterprises to detect advanced threats in a drastically changing environment. This factor is expected to create potential opportunities in the global cyber security market over the forecast period.
Enterprises are progressively implementing Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions. IoT solution providers are integrating cyber security solutions to reduce cyber-attacks on connected devices to identify threats and to resolve susceptibilities before launching their products in the market. With growing applications of security solutions in the IoT space, the demand for hardware security modules is expected to rise significantly over the next few years.
Key Vendors Prioritize Competitive Pricing to Assure Security of Enterprise Ecosystem
Manufacturers are currently offering hardware security module systems that have the means to securely back up the keys that they handle in a wrapped form. Other hardware security modules back up keys via the operating system of computers or by using a smart card or some other externally usable security token.
Hardware security modules can make an organization achieve peak security standards for applications ranging from key management to data encryption and authentication. Hardware security modules play a vital role in an enterprise’s security ecosystem.
However, the cost-per-unit factor of hardware security modules is significantly higher than their software-based counterparts. Moreover, Hardware Security Module-as-a-Service (HSMaaS) solutions offered by some vendors in the market are expensive. Though hardware security modules offer reliable security, cost is a major factor to be taken care of to capture the market as well as achieve market growth.
Several hardware security module vendors are making efforts to make hardware security module services available at reduced costs by means of cloudHSM. However, the incorporation of cloud in critical applications, such as key management and key storage, through HSM induces problems common to cloud infrastructures. As a result, cloud hardware security module services are still expensive and are required to be further enhanced.
SMEs have been known to ignore cyber threats. Such enterprises consider cyber security solutions as a non-priority investment, which is why several start-ups and SMEs incur high losses following ransomware attacks.
National governments across the globe have also started taking initiatives to improve their ICT infrastructure to facilitate digitization in their respective economies. A major part of the ICT investment is diverted towards cyber security.
Some of the key players in the global hardware security module market include Gemalto NV; Thales E-Security Inc.; Utimaco GmbH; IBM Corporation; Futurex; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company; ATOS SE; Yubico; Ultra Electronics; Swift; Ledger; and Spyrus, Inc.