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Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines


Users of the former "Crypto Toolkit" can now find that content under this project. It includes cryptographic primitives, algorithms and schemes are described in some of NIST's Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), Special Publications (SPs) and NIST Internal/Interagency Reports (NISTIRs).


Crypto Standards and Guidelines Activities


Additional Cryptographic Research


For a high-level description (with examples) of our cryptographic standards activities, see these posters from the 2019 and 2020 ITL Science Day at NIST.


Implementation-related References


Guideline for Using Cryptography in the Federal Government

Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process

Learn about NIST's process for developing crypto standards and guidelines in NISTIR 7977 and on the project homepage. NIST now also has a Crypto Publication Review Project for reviewing cryptographic publications that were published more than five years ago. 

Created December 29, 2016, Updated August 23, 2021