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Definitions Edit

A secret key is:

[a] cryptographic key that is used with a secret key (symmetric) cryptographic algorithm, that is uniquely associated with one or more entities and is not be made public. The use of the term 'secret' in this context does not imply a classification level, but rather implies the need to protect the key from disclosure."[1]
[a] cryptographic key that must be protected from unauthorized disclosure to protect data encrypted with the key."[2]
[a] cryptographic key that is uniquely associated with one or more entities. The use of the term 'secret' in this context does not imply a classification level, but rather implies the need to protect the key from disclosure."[3]
[a] cryptographic key, used with a secret key cryptographic algorithm, that is uniquely associated with one or more entities and should not be made public.[4]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-57.
  2. NIST FIPS 201.
  3. NIST FIPS 198.
  4. NIST FIPS 140-2.

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