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SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 5 (Draft)

Recommendation for Key Management: Part 1 – General

Date Published: October 2019
Comments Due: December 6, 2019 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: keymanagement@nist.gov


Elaine Barker (NIST)


This document provides general guidance and best practices for the management of cryptographic keying material. Among other changes, this revision emphasizes the protection needed for the metadata associated with keys; includes discussions on access control, identity authentication, and inventory management for keys and certificates; and provides guidance consistent with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 201, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors, and SP 800-63, Digital Identity Guidelines. Appendix C contains a complete list of changes.

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iv of this draft.  For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.



archive; assurances; authentication; authorization; availability; backup; compromise; confidentiality; cryptanalysis; cryptographic key; cryptographic module; digital signature; hash function; key agreement; key information; key-inventory management; 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
Control Families

Access Control; Audit and Accountability; Contingency Planning; Media Protection; Planning; System and Communications Protection; System and Information Integrity


SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 5 (Draft) (DOI)
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Document History:
10/08/19: SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 5 (Draft)
05/04/20: SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 5 (Final)