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certification authority (CA)

Definition(s):

  A trusted entity that issues and revokes public key certificates.
Source(s):
FIPS 201-3 under Certification Authority
NIST SP 1800-12b under Certification Authority
NISTIR 7711 under Certification Authority

  An entity authorized to create, sign, issue, and revoke public key certificates.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 from CNSSI 1300 - Adapted

  The entity in a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that issues certificates to certificate subjects.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 5 under Certification authority

  The entity in a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that is responsible for issuing certificates and exacting compliance with a PKI policy.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-89 under Certification Authority (CA)

  The entity in a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that is responsible for issuing certificates and exacting compliance to a PKI policy.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 2 Rev.1 under Certification Authority (CA)

  The entity in a public key infrastructure (PKI) that is responsible for issuing certificates to certificate subjects and exacting compliance to a PKI policy.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-175B Rev. 1 under Certification Authority (CA)