Press Release:

HP Unveils Industry's Most Secure Financial Network Security Processors for Electronic Payments

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the availability of the next generation of HP Atalla Network Security Processors (NSPs), which provide financial institutions and consumers increased security for electronic payments. The new series of HP Atalla NSPs combine the unmatched logical security of Atalla Key Block technology with state-of-the-art physical security and high-performance cryptographic processing.

HP Atalla NSP is the first offering in the industry to deliver customers the full benefit of a secure Triple DES implementation, a widely accepted encryption algorithm, while also providing a cost-effective migration path to stronger future security mechanisms.

"The HP Atalla NSPs using Atalla Key Block technology significantly reduce the many security risks financial institutions face as trillions of dollars flow through their networks daily," said Chris Whitener, general manager, HP Atalla Security Products Group. "Running Triple DES on a hardened, high-performance security processor provides institutions with the industry's fastest, safest and most cost-effective cryptographic processing solutions for securing value-based transactions."

Partners such as ACI Worldwide have accepted the solution as the new standard for their upcoming products.

"ACI Worldwide is very pleased to be working with HP to offer the enhanced transaction security services solution utilizing their new Key Block technology and Atalla NSP series products," said Robert Cronin, vice president of payment systems, ACI Worldwide. "We believe these new technologies will provide our customers with the advanced cryptographic solutions that are required to process transactions securely in the new era of payment processing."

"The new Atalla NSPs from HP offer support for the Remote Key Transport capability available soon for Diebold automated teller machines," said Ken Justice, vice president of global product marketing and management, Diebold. "This capability eliminates the need for personnel to visit each machine to manually load DES keys. Together, we are working to simplify Triple DES key loading while strengthening end-to-end security for financial institutions."

HP Atalla NSP Series Features

Physical security: State-of-the-art, 1U rack-mounted tamper-resistant architecture; FIPS 140-2 Level 3 plus Active Zeroization certification in process; dual locking front bezel panel using high-security Medeco locks.

Logical security: Atalla Key Block technology designed to safeguard keys while in transit or when stored on an application host system; NSP command set can be configured to support customer-defined security profile; optional support for remote ATM key loading.

Enhanced manageability: Easy release upgrades via a secure CD-ROM; tamper-resistant audit log; secure key loading for Atalla Key Block technology assisted by a graphical user interface.


Available beginning June 4, the HP Atalla NSP series comprises three models designed to enable customers to match their processing solutions with their specific throughput demands. The three models are:

  • the high-end Atalla A10100 NSP, providing 540 Triple DES PIN translates per second -- unmatched in the industry;
  • the mid-range Atalla A9100 NSP, providing 120 Triple DES PIN translates per second; and
  • the entry-level Atalla A8100 NSP, providing 20 Triple DES PIN translates per second.
More information on the new series of HP Atalla Network Security Processors is available at

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