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Last Update: December 3, 2001

NEW!! Results from the Second Key Management Workshop

NEW!! Key Wrapping Algorithm Specification

 The Federal Government currently has no standard for the establishment of cryptographic keys for unclassified applications. In 1997, NIST announced plans to develop a public key-based key management standard and solicited comments from the public.

An initial public workshop was announced to discuss the security and interoperability requirements of the Federal Government and private industry, the many techniques and options available, and the planned development of a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). The first workshopwas held on February 10-11, 2000 at NIST.

Work on the key management documents in in progress. A white paper has been developed that discusses the development process and provides a preliminary schedule. A Second Key Management Workshop was held on November 1-2, 2001.

A key wrapping algorithm specification is available in .doc and .pdf formats (files updated 12/3/01).

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