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NIST Publishes Special Publication (SP) 800-57 Part 1, Revision 5, "Recommendation for Key Management: Part 1 – General"

NIST has updated its key management guidance by publishing SP 800-57 Part 1 Revision 5, "Recommendation for Key Management: Part 1 – General."

NIST has updated its key management guidance in Special Publication (SP) 800-57 Part 1 Revision 5Recommendation for Key Management: Part 1 – General.

This document provides general guidance and best practices for the management of cryptographic keying material. Among other changes, this revision:

  • emphasizes the protection needed for the metadata associated with keys;
  • includes discussions on access control, identity authentication, and inventory management for keys and certificates; and
  • provides guidance consistent with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 201, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors, and SP 800-63-3, Digital Identity Guidelines.

Appendix C contains a complete list of changes. See more information on key management guidelines.


Released May 4, 2020, Updated May 5, 2020