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Active state

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  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