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CHIPS Articles: NIST Offers Recommendation for Cryptographic Key Generation

NIST Offers Recommendation for Cryptographic Key Generation
By CHIPS Magazine - June 5, 2020
The National Institute of Standards and Technology announces the publication of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-133 Revision 2, Recommendation for Cryptographic Key Generation, which discusses the generation of the keys to be managed and used by the approved cryptographic algorithms. This revision provides a method for determining a symmetric key by combining multiple keys and other data, NIST reported in a release.

Cryptography is typically used in an information technology secure environment to protect data that is sensitive, has a high value, or is vulnerable to unauthorized disclosure or undetected modification during transmission or while in storage. Cryptography relies on two basic components: an algorithm (or cryptographic methodology) and a cryptographic key. NIST’s recommendation discusses the generation of the keys to be managed and used by the approved cryptographic algorithms.

Publication
SP 800-133 Rev. 2 (DOI)
NIST Download

Supplemental Material
Comments received on Draft SP 800-133 Rev. 2 (pdf)

Supersedes
SP 800-133 Rev. 1 (07/23/2019)

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