Guideline for Using Cryptographic Standards in the Federal Government: Directives, Mandates and Policies

Published: August 22, 2016


Elaine B. Barker, William C. Barker


This document is part of a series 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). [Supersedes SP 800-21 2nd edition (December 2005):]
Citation: Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-175A
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Pub Type: NIST Pubs



authentication, confidentiality, critical infrastructure, cryptographic guideline, cryptography, Executive Orders, integrity, key management, laws, mandates, policy, Presidential Directives, risk assessment, standards.
Created August 22, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018