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public key cryptography (PKC)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s): Definition(s):

  Encryption system that uses a public-private key pair for encryption and/or digital signature.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015
NIST SP 800-12 Rev. 1 under Public Key Cryptography (CNSSI 4009)

  See public key cryptography (PKC).
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 under asymmetric cryptography

  Cryptography that uses separate keys for encryption and decryption; also known as asymmetric cryptography.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-77 under Public Key Cryptography