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CHIPS Articles: NIST announces the release of two Special Publications for Cryptographic Standards

NIST announces the release of two Special Publications for Cryptographic Standards
By NIST News - August 24, 2016
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released Special Publication (SP) 800-175A, Guideline for Using Cryptographic Standards in the Federal Government: Directives, Mandates and Policies, and SP 800-175B, Guideline for Using Cryptographic Standards in the Federal Government: Cryptographic Mechanisms Aug, 23.

These documents are intended to provide guidance to the Federal Government for using cryptography and NIST’s cryptographic standards to protect sensitive, but unclassified digitized information during transmission and while in storage.

Special Publication (SP) 800-175A provides guidance on the determination of requirements for using cryptography. It includes a summary of laws and regulations concerning the protection of the Federal Government’s sensitive information, guidance regarding the conduct of risk assessments to determine what needs to be protected and how best to protect that information, and a discussion of the relevant security-related documents, e.g., various policy and practice documents.

Special Publication (SP) 800-175B discusses the cryptographic methods and services available for the protection of the federal government’s sensitive information and provides an overview of NIST’s cryptographic standards.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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