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Cryptographic device

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A physical device that performs a cryptographic function (e.g., random number generation, message authentication, digital signature generation, encryption, or key establishment). A cryptographic device must employ one or more cryptographic modules for cryptographic operations. The device may also be composed from other applications and components in addition to the cryptographic module(s). A cryptographic device may be a stand-alone cryptographic mechanism or a CKMS component.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 2 Rev.1