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Key Processing Facility

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

KPF

Definition(s):

  The Key Processing Facility is a KMI component that performs one or more of the following functions: • Acquisition or generation of public key certificates, • Initial generation and distribution of keying material, • Maintenance of a database that maps user entities to an organization’s certificate/key structure, • Maintenance and distribution of nodal key compromise lists and/or certificate revocation lists, and • Generation of audit requests and the processing audit responses as necessary for the prevention of undetected compromises.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 2 under Key processing facility