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CHIPS Articles: Best Practices for Crypto-Key Management

Best Practices for Crypto-Key Management
By CHIPS Magazine - April 16, 2018
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is releasing a draft revision of Special Publication (SP) 800-57 Part 2, Recommendation for Key Management, Part 2: Best Practices for Key Management Organization. General guidance and best practices for the management of cryptographic keying material were introduced in Part 1 of SP 800-57. Part 2 introduces key management concepts that must be addressed in key management policies, practice statements and planning documents by any organization that uses cryptography to protect its information, according to the NIST release statement.

SP 800-57 consists of three parts:

- Part 1, Recommendation for Key Management, Part 1: General – provides general guidance and best practices for the management of cryptographic keying material.

- Part 2, Best Practices for Key Management Organization – provides guidance on policy and security planning requirements.

- Part 3, Recommendation for Key Management, Part 3: Application-Specific Key Management Guidance– provides guidance when using the cryptographic features of current systems.

Guidance includes information regarding development of organizational key management policy statements and key management practices statements; and identifies key management information that must be documented for all federal applications of cryptography. Appendices provide examples of key management infrastructures and supplemental documentation and planning materials.

Parts of this Publication
Draft SP 800-57 Part 2 Rev. 1 (New)
SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 4
SP 800-57 Part 3 Rev. 1

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