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NIST IR 8320C (Initial Public Draft)

Hardware-Enabled Security: Machine Identity Management and Protection

Date Published: April 20, 2022
Comments Due: June 6, 2022 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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Michael Bartock (NIST), Murugiah Souppaya (NIST), Mourad Cherfaoui (Intel), Jing Xie (Venafi), Paul Cleary (Venafi)


The initial public draft of NIST IR 8320C presents an approach for overcoming security challenges associated with creating, managing, and protecting machine identities, such as cryptographic keys, throughout their lifecycle. 


NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iii of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.



confidential computing; cryptographic key; hardware-enabled security; hardware security module (HSM); machine identity; machine identity management; trusted execution environment (TEE)
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Document History:
04/20/22: IR 8320C (Draft)


Security and Privacy

audit & accountability, program management


cloud & virtualization