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Asymmetric Cryptography

Acronym(s):

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Definition(s):

  See public key cryptography (PKC).
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015

  Cryptography that uses separate keys for encryption and decryption; also known as public key cryptography.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-77

Synonym(s):
Public Key Cryptography
  An encryption method that uses a two-part key: a public key and a private key. Users generally distribute their public key, but keep their private key to themselves.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-146   Cryptography that uses separate keys for encryption and decryption; also known as asymmetric cryptography.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-77   Encryption system that uses a public-private key pair for encryption and/or digital signature.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015
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