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Recommendation for Key Management, Part 1: General



Elaine B. Barker, William C. Barker, William E. Burr, William T. Polk, Miles Smid


[Superseded by SP 800-57 Part 1 Revised (May 2006):] This Recommendation provides cryptographic key management guidance. It consists of three parts. Part 1 provides general guidance and best practices for the management of cryptographic keying material. Part 2 provides guidance on policy and security planning requirements for U.S. government agencies. Finally, Part 3 provides guidance when using the cryptographic features of current systems.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-57 Pt1
Report Number
800-57 Pt1


assurances, authentication, authorization, availability, backup, compromise, confidentiality, cryptanalysis, cryptographic key, cryptographic module, digital signature, hash function, key agreement, key management, key management policy, key recovery, key transport, originator usage period, private key, public key, recipient usage period, secret key, split knowledge, trust anchor


Barker, E. , Barker, W. , Burr, W. , Polk, W. and Smid, M. (2005), Recommendation for Key Management, Part 1: General, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created August 1, 2005, Updated November 10, 2018