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nShield Edge USB

nShield Edge hardware security modules (HSMs) are full-featured, FIPS-certified, USB-connected devices that deliver encryption, key generation and key protection along with convenience and economy.

Maximizes cost efficiency with the most economical HSM in the nShield family supporting a wide variety of applications including certificate authorities, code signing and more.

Delivers strong security with up to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification along with the highest degree of portability.


Note: Various hardware extensions and accessories available and priced on request.


Note: RRP shown only. Accurate pricing, specification and availability will be provided upon quote issuance.


The nShield Edge USB hardware security module is a full-featured, portable USB HSM designed for low-volume transaction environments.

Suits off-line key generation and development environments, while delivering complete algorithm and API support.

HIGHLY PORTABLE Small, lightweight design with convenient USB interface supports a variety of platforms, including laptops and other portable devices.

COST EFFECTIVE AND SCALABLE The most economical HSM in the nShield family, nShield Edge gives you an entry-point HSM, while affording you the option to scale your environment as your needs grow. nCipher’s unique Security World architecture lets you combine nShield HSM models to build a mixed estate that delivers flexible scalability, key sharing, seamless failover and load balancing.

Additional information

Dimensions 12 × 12 × 2.7 cm
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

PKCS#11, OpenSSL, Java (JCE), Microsoft CAPI and CNG, nCore, nShield Web Services Crypto API

Compatibility and Upgradeability

USB port (1.x, 2.x compliant)

Security Compliance

nShield Edge Dev Non-Fips, nShield Edge FIPS-L2, nShield Edge FIPS-L3

Safety and Environmental Standards Compliance

UL, CE, FCC, C-TICK, and Canada ICES RoHS2, WEEE

Management and Monitoring

Remote unattended operator/multi-user access control, Secure audit logging, Syslog diagnostics support, Windows performance monitoring, SNMP monitoring agent

Physical Characteristics

Portable desktop device with integrated smart card reader
Dimensions with stand open 120 x 118 x 27mm
Weight: 340g (0.8lb)
Input voltage: 5v DC powered by USB host device
Power consumption: 700mW


Signing performance for NIST recommended key lengths:
2048 bit RSA: 2 tps
4096 bit RSA: 0.2 tps

Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 7 x64, 10 x64, Windows Server 2008 R2 x64, 2012 R2 x64, 2016 x64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES 6 x64, x86 and 7 x64; SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 x64 SP2, 12 x64
Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.8 x64, 7.1 x64

Supported Cryptographic Algorithms

Asymmetric algorithms:
RSA, Diffie-Hellman, ECMQV, DSA, ElGamal, KCDSA, ECDSA, ECDH, Edwards (X25519, Ed25519ph)
Symmetric algorithms: AES, Arcfour, ARIA, Camellia, CAST, DES, MD5 HMAC, RIPEMD160 HMAC, SEED, SHA-1 HMAC, SHA-224 HMAC, SHA-256 HMAC, SHA-384 HMAC, SHA-512 HMAC, Tiger HMAC, Triple DES
Hash/message digest: MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 (224, 256, 384, 512 bit), HAS-160, RIPEMD160
Full Suite B implementation with fully licensed ECC, including Brainpool and custom curves

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