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key escrow

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  The retention of the private component of the key pair associated with a subscriber’s encryption certificate to support key recovery.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (CNSSI 1300)

  A deposit of the private key of a subscriber and other pertinent information pursuant to an escrow agreement or similar contract binding upon the subscriber, the terms of which require one or more agents to hold the subscriber's private key for the benefit of the subscriber, an employer, or other party, upon provisions set forth in the agreement.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-32 under Key Escrow (ABADSG - Adapted from "Commercial key escrow service")