NIST Draft: Designing Cryptographic Key Management Systems

Monday, April 23, 2012

This Framework for Designing Cryptographic Key Management Systems (CKMS) contains topics that should be considered by a CKMS designer when developing a CKMS design specification.

For each topic there are one or more documentation requirements that need to be addressed by the design specification. Thus, any CKMS that adequately addresses these requirements would have a design specification that is compliant with this Framework.

Certain commercial entities, equipment, or materials may be identified in this document in order to describe an experimental procedure or concept adequately. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Institute of Standards and technology, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, materials, or equipment are necessarily the best available for the purpose.

NIST requests comments on SP 800-130, A Framework for Designing Cryptographic Key Management Systems. This is a revision of the document that was provided for public comment in June 2010.

Comments are requested by July 30, 2012 and should be sent to, with "Comments on SP 800-130" in the subject line.

Another document, SP 800-152, which provides a basic profile of this framework document for the Federal government, will be available for initial comment later this year.

Download the Designing Cryptographic Key Management Systems draft here:

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