CompTIA Security+ Question C-93

Which of the following BEST explains the use of an HSM within the company servers?

A. Thumb drives present a significant threat which is mitigated by HSM.
B. Software encryption can perform multiple functions required by HSM.
C. Data loss by removable media can be prevented with DLP.
D. Hardware encryption is faster than software encryption.

Answer: D

Hardware Security Module (HSM) is a cryptoprocessor that can be used to enhance security. It provides a fast solution for the for large asymmetrical encryption calculations and is much faster than software-based cryptographic solutions.