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PKI

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

Private Key Infrastructure
Public key infrastructure
Public Key Infrastructure
Public-Key Infrastructure

Definition(s):

  The framework and services that provide for the generation, production, distribution, control, accounting, and destruction of public key certificates. Components include the personnel, policies, processes, server platforms, software, and workstations used for the purpose of administering certificates and public-private key pairs, including the ability to issue, maintain, recover, and revoke public key certificates.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 under Public Key Infrastructure (CNSSI 4009)

  A set of policies, processes, server platforms, software and workstations used for the purpose of administering certificates and public-private key pairs, including the ability to issue, maintain, and revoke public key certificates.
Source(s):
NISTIR 7711 under Public Key Infrastructure