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Key Management

Cryptographic Key Management Systems (CKMS)

Cryptographic Key Management (CKM) is a fundamental part of cryptographic technology and is considered one of the most difficult aspects associated with its use. Of particular concern are the scalability of the methods used to distribute keys and the usability of these methods. NIST has undertaken an effort to improve the overall key management strategies used by the public and private sectors in order to enhance the usability of cryptographic technology, provide scalability across cryptographic technologies, and support a global cryptographic key management infrastructure.

CKMS Publications

The following NIST publications address the policies, procedures, components and devices that are used to protect, manage and establish keys and associated information (metadata).

  • SP 800-130, A Framework for Designing Cryptographic Key Management Systems
  • SP 800-152, A Profile for U.S. Federal Cryptographic Key Management Systems (CKMS)
  • SP 800-32, Introduction to Public Key Cryptography and the Federal PKI Infrastructure

CKMS Workshops


Created January 04, 2017, Updated August 20, 2020