Thalesâs payment HSM 8000 first received full MEPS approval in 2006, but it is the latest RoHS-compliant version that has achieved recent MEPS compliance. The HSM 8000 is used worldwide to ensure the security of PINs, keys and banking transactions used in ATM, EFTPOS and interbank settlement schemes. The CB MEPS approval means that the HSM 8000 has met the stringent GIECB (Groupement dâIntÃ©rÃªt Economique Cartes Bancaires CB) requirements, which range from product design to how the repairs process is managed.
The originators of the first MEPS standard were inspired by the US Department of Defense publication entitled âTrusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC)â. Since then, other worldwide security standards have emerged, including ITSEC, Common Criteria, FIPS 140 and ISO 13491. Thales is committed to achieving compliance with global security requirements across its entire product range. The HSM 8000 is compliant with many national standards in addition to MEPS, for example, the internationally recognised technical standards of FIPS. Thalesâs HSM 8000 also conforms to the global requirements of the credit and debit card organisations such as MasterCard, VISA, JCB and American Express.
In addition, Thales recently joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organisation and will work with the Council to advance the understanding and adoption of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards.
The Paris-based sales manager for Thalesâs Information Systems Security, RenÃ© Jaouen, commented: âNow that we have achieved MEPS approval of our RoHS-compliant payment HSM 8000, the Cartes Bancaires CB banking community can take advantage of our latest HSM range. As fraudsters continue to aggressively target financial institutions, Thales is committed to adhering to national and international security standards to ensure that customersâ payment infrastructures remain as secure as possible. As our payment offerings continue to evolve, we are committed to achieving MEPS approval on all new products â a strategy which is fully supported by the French banking community.â