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Active State

Acronym(s):

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Definition(s):

  The key lifecycle state in which a cryptographic key is available for use for a set of applications, algorithms, and security entities.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-130

  A lifecycle state for a key in which the key may be used to cryptographically protect information (e.g., encrypt plaintext or generate a digital signature), to cryptographically process previously protected information (e.g., decrypt ciphertext or verify a digital signature) or both.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-152

Synonym(s):

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