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Recommendation for Key Management Part 3: Application-Specific Key Management Guidance



Elaine B. Barker, Quynh H. Dang


Special Publication 800-57 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. [Supersedes SP 800-57 Part 3 (December 2009):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-57 Pt3 Rev 1
Report Number
800-57 Pt3 Rev 1


accreditation, assurances, authentication, authorization, availability, backup, certification, compromise, confidentiality, cryptanalysis, cryptographic key, cryptographic module, digital signature, key management, key management policy, key recovery, private key, public key, public key infrastructure, security plan, trust anchor, validation


Barker, E. and Dang, Q. (2015), Recommendation for Key Management Part 3: Application-Specific Key Management Guidance, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 24, 2024)


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Created January 22, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018