Exporting Data Security Manager keys to Cloud Providers for Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) - Azure Key Vault HSM


There are several ways to export Fortanix Data Security Manager (DSM) keys to major cloud providers that support BYOK for server-side encryption. This document describes the process for importing HSM-protected keys to Key Vault.

Actions to be performed on Azure

You will need to provide the tool your Azure credentials, which will be used to authenticate to Azure and perform interactions with Azure Key Vault. You can do the following to get these credentials:

  1. Log in to https://portal.azure.com/.
  2. Register an application. azure_byok1.png
    Figure 1: Initiate app registration
    Figure 2: Register an App
    Figure 3: App registered
  3. Create a client secret for the above application. azure_byok7.png
    Figure 4: Client secret for the app
  4. Give the App permission to access the Azure Key Vault. azure_byok4.1.png
    Figure 5: Key Vault permission to access app
  5. Create an Azure Key Vault.
      Note.png NOTE: This Key Vault should have a premium subscription. azure_byok5.png
    Figure 6: Create Azure Key Vault HSM
    Figure 7: Create Azure Key Vault HSM
  6. Add the application in the Access Policy of the Key Vault. azure_byok21.1_HSM.png
    Figure 8: Add access policy
    Figure 9: Select Principal 
    Figure 10: Add access policy 
    Figure 11: Access policy added
  7. In the Key Vault, generate a key (referred to as a Key Exchange Key (KEK)). The KEK must be an RSA-HSM key that has only the import key operation. Only Key Vault Premium SKU supports RSA-HSM keys. azure_byok18_HSM.png
    Figure 12: Create a KEK Key
  8. Key Created. azure_byok19_HSM.png
    Figure 13: KEK Key created

Actions to be performed on Fortanix Data Security Manager

  1. Log in to Fortanix DSM ( https://sdkms.fortanix.com/ ).
  2. Create an account in Fortanix DSM.
  3. Create a group in Fortanix DSM account.
  4. Create an app in Fortanix DSM.

 Refer to the Fortanix Getting Started Guide for instructions on how to do the Steps 1-4 above.

Make sure that the app you are going to use, has access to the group where the DSM key exists that you want to use for this BYOK operation.

Running Azure Key Vault HSM BYOK - Using Plugin

  1. Go to the Fortanix DSM home page and click the Plugins icon. sdkms_aws_byok10.png
    Figure 15: Plugins
  2. In the Plugins page, click the PLUGIN LIBRARY tab and then click the DSM-Azure Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) tile to load the associated plugin page with detailed information about the plugin, common use cases, setup, and format of the plugin inputs and outputs. azure_byok24_HSM.png
    Figure 16: Plugin Library
  3. In the "DSM-Azure Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) plugin" page, to install a plugin the user needs to click the GET PLUGIN button to go to the plugin creation page.azure_byok25_HSM.png
    Figure 17: Get Plugin
  4. Review the plugin name and assign it to a group, and then click Save. azure_byok26_HSM.png
    Figure 18: Review plugin details
  5. Now go to the detailed view of the plugin, where you can also test the plugin's request and response using the Test Plugin text box where you can paste a sample request from the plugin code and see the response in the Test output section. To configure and run the plugin click the INVOKE PLUGIN button. sdkms_aws_byok15.png
    Figure 19: Invoke Plugin
      For more request and response operations go to Fortanix DSM Plugin Library -> <plugin-name> -> OVERVIEW page as shown in Figure 17.

For more details on how to use the Plugin Library, see the article https://support.fortanix.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041950371-User-s-Guide-Plugin-Library 


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