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Key Management Lifecycle Best Practices
Key Management Lifecycle Best Practices
Who it's for:
  • Enterprise and security architects
  • Information security specialists
  • Compliance and regulatory experts
  • Developers
  • System and network administrators
  • Operations specialists

Key Management Lifecycle Best Practices

Release Date: 12/19/2023

Working Group: Cloud Key Management

Cryptographic keys are essential for securing digital assets, yet managing these keys can be challenging for organizations that run applications in the cloud. Failure to securely manage cryptographic keys may lead to security breaches and data loss. There are also various regulatory requirements and guidelines related to key management, such as PCI DSS, GDPR, HIPAA, and NIST. These requirements ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data and systems that use cryptographic keys. However, it’s not always clear to enterprise customers and service providers how to achieve compliance with these requirements.

This document serves as guidance for enterprise technologists and service providers to effectively and securely manage cryptographic keys throughout the key management lifecycle. It outlines best practices for each phase of the key management lifecycle, advising organizations on how to establish a solid foundation that protects their sensitive data, mitigates the risks of unauthorized access and data breaches, and maintains regulatory compliance.

Key Takeaways:
  • Refresher on key management and encryption
  • Deep dive into each phase of the key management lifecycle: Generation, Distribution, Storage, Usage, Backup and Recovery, Revocation, Rotation, and Destruction
  • Best practices for planning a key management lifecycle solution
  • Considerations for the deployment of a key management lifecycle solution
  • Industry-specific differences to keep in mind
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Sunil Arora
Sunil Arora
Associate Director Security Architecture

Sunil Arora

Associate Director Security Architecture

Sunil Arora is a cybersecurity expert with over 16 years of experience in financial institutions, healthcare, telecom, and technology services industries. He is a passionate cybersecurity advocate and an expert on cloud security, information security advising, secure design and architecture, and risk management. In addition, Sunil is an influencer and enabler for technology and business teams to make informed, effective information security...

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