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Guidelines for the Selection, Configuration, and Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) Implementations



William T. Polk, Kerry A. McKay, Santosh Chokhani


Transport Layer Security (TLS) provides mechanisms to protect sensitive data during electronic dissemination across the Internet. This Special Publication provides guidance to the selection and configuration of TLS protocol implementations while making effective use of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and NIST-recommended cryptographic algorithms, and requires that TLS 1.1 configured with FIPS-based cipher suites as the minimum appropriate secure transport protocol and recommends that agencies develop migration plans to TLS 1.2 by January 1, 2015. This Special Publication also identifies TLS extensions for which mandatory support must be provided and other recommended extensions.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-52 Rev. 1
Report Number
800-52 Rev. 1


information security, network security, SSL, TLS, Transport Layer Security


Polk, W. , McKay, K. and Chokhani, S. (2014), Guidelines for the Selection, Configuration, and Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) Implementations, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created April 28, 2014, Updated October 31, 2019