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Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification



William T. Polk, Donna F. Dodson, William E. Burr


[Superseded by SP 800-78-1 (August 2007):] The Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 mandated the creation of new standards for interoperable identity credentials for physical and logical access to Federal government locations and systems. Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors, was developed to establish standards for identity credentials. This document, Special Publication 800-78 (SP 800-78), specifies the cryptographic algorithms and key sizes for PIV systems and is a companion document to FIPS 201.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-78
Report Number


conformance test, Personal Identity Verification, FIPS 201, cryptographic algorithms, key sizes, PKI


Polk, W. , Dodson, D. and Burr, W. (2005), Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created April 25, 2005, Updated February 19, 2017