NIST Key Management Workshop

Here is an announcement of interest for the IETF KEYPROV working group (and security groups in the IETF in general. says:

A NIST Key Management Workshop will be held June 8-9, 2009 at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. Registration is required by May 18, 2009. Overview: “Key management is a fundamental part of cryptographic technology and is considered the most difficult aspect associated with its use. Of particular concern are the scalability of the methods used to distribute keys and the usability of these methods. NIST is undertaking an effort to improve the overall key management strategies used by the public and private sectors in order to enhance usability of cryptographic technology, provide scalability across all cryptographic technologies, and support a global cryptographic key management infrastructure.

The first step in achieving this goal is to conduct a workshop to identify:

  • (1) the various obstacles in using the key management methodologies currently in use;
  • (2) the alternative technologies that need to be accommodated;
  • (3) alternative strategies useful in achieving the stated goal; and,
  • (4) approaches for transitioning from the current methodologies to the most desirable method…

There will be no registration fee for this workshop. Participation includes: [a] physically attending the workshop at NIST; [b] viewing the workshop presentations via WebCast at remote locations; [c] presentations; [d] discussion; [e] providing written comments and recommended relevant topics of interest… U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publications on security (including encryption and key management) have played a prominent role for many years, especially for government applications. FIPS Publications are issued by NIST after approval by the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to Section 5131 of the Information Technology Reform Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-106) and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-347). NIST Special Publications in the 800 series present documents of general interest to the computer security community. The Special Publication 800 series was established in 1990 to provide a separate identity for information technology security publications. This Special Publication 800 series reports on ITL’s research, guidelines, and outreach efforts in computer security, and its collaborative activities with industry, government, and academic organizations.

Contact: Elaine Barker (technical and program questions) or Sara Caswell (administrative questions).

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