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Abbreviations / Acronyms / Synonyms:

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


  The architecture, organization, techniques, practices, and procedures that collectively support the implementation and operation of a certificate-based public key cryptographic system. Framework established to issue, maintain, and revoke public key certificates.
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5 under public key infrastructure from CNSSI 4009-2015

  A support service to the PIV system that provides the cryptographic keys needed to perform digital signature-based identity verification and to protect communications and storage of enterprise data.
NIST SP 1800-12b under public key infrastructure

  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.
NISTIR 7711 under Public Key Infrastructure