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Definitions Edit

An active state is

[t]he key lifecycle state in which a cryptographic key is available for use for a set of applications, algorithms, and security entities.[1]
[a] lifecycle state for a key in which the key may be used to cryptographically protect information (e.g., encrypt plaintext or generate a digital signature), to cryptographically process previously protected information (e.g., decrypt ciphertext or verify a digital signature) or both.[2]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-130, at 84.
  2. NIST Special Publication 800-152, at 125.

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