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asymmetric key

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  Two related keys, a public key and a private key that are used to perform complementary operations, such as encryption and decryption or signature generation.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (FIPS 201-1, NISTIR 7298 Rev. 2)

  A cryptographic key used with an asymmetric-key (public-key) algorithm. The key may be a private key or a public key.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-133 under Asymmetric key