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unencrypted key

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  Key that has not been encrypted in a system approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for key encryption or encrypted key in the presence of its associated key encryption key (KEK) or transfer key encryption key (TrKEK). Encrypted key in the same fill device as its associated KEK or TrKEK is considered unencrypted. (Unencrypted key is also known as RED key).
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (CNSSI 4005)