[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 210 (Monday, November 1, 1999)]
[Page 58808]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-28495]



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Announcement of a Workshop on Key Management Using Public Key 

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology.

ACTION: Notice of Public Workshop.


SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
announces a workshop to examine public key-based management techniques 
as specified in ANSI X9.42 (Agreement of Symmetric Keys Using Discrete 
Logarithm Cryptography), ANSI X9.44 (Key Establishment Using Factoring-
Based Public Key Cryptography for the Financial Services Industry), and 
ANSI X9.63 (Public Key Cryptography for the Financial Services 
Industry: Key Agreement and Key Transport Using Elliptic Curve 
Cryptography). The purpose of the workshop is to review the many 
options and techniques contained in these standards and to discuss 
other related issues.

DATES: The Key Management Standard (KMS) Workshop will be held on 
Thursday, February 10 and Friday, February 11, 2000, from 9:00 a.m. to 
5:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The KMS workshop will be held in the Administration Building 
(Bldg. 101), National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
Gaithersburg, Maryland. For planning purposes, advance registration is 
encouraged. To register, please fax your name, address, telephone, fax 
e-mail address, telephone, fax and
e-mail address to 301-948-1233 (Attn: KMS Workshop) by January 31, 
2000. Registration questions should be addressed to Vickie Harris on 
301-975-2920. Registration will also be available at the door, space 
permitting. The workshop will be open to the public and is free of 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Further information may be obtained from the 
KMS web site at http://www.nist.gov/kms or by contacting Morris 
Dworkin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau 
Drive, Stop 8930, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930; telephone 301-975-2354; 
Fax 301-948-1233, or email Morris.D[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This work effort is being initiated pursuant 
to NIST's responsibilities under the computer Security Act of 1987, the 
Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996, Executive Order 
13011, and OMB Circular A-130.
    The explosion in the use of electronic media to expedite commerce 
in recent years has led to the need for well-established schemes that 
can provide such services as data integrity and confidentiality. 
Symmetric encryption schemes such as Triple DES, as defined in FIPS 46-
3, and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which is currently under 
development, make an attractive choice for the provision of these 
services. Systems using symmetric techniques are efficient, and their 
security requirements are well understood. Furthermore, these schemes 
have been or will be standardized to facilitate interoperability 
between systems. However, the implementation of such schemes requires 
the establishment of a shared secret key in advance. As the size of a 
system or the number of entities using a system explodes, key 
establishment can lead to a key management problem. An attractive 
solution to this problem is to employ key establishment techniques that 
employ public key cryptography.
    The Federal Government currently has no standard of keys for 
unclassified applications using a public key cryptographic methods. A 
number of techniques have been defined in voluntary consensus industry 
standards; however, the proliferation of techniques has lead to a 
concern that some techniques may not provide suitable security to meet 
the needs of the Federal Government and may not promote 
interoperability between agencies of the government. In anticipation of 
the development of a standard for key establishment, a Federal Register 
Notice was published by NIST on May 13, 1997, (Vol. 62, No. 92) 
requesting comments from the public concerning the development of such 
a standard, and concerning the availability, security, and adequacy of 
existing standards for public key-based key agreement and exchange. 
Comments were received recommending the use of RSA, Diffie-Hellman, MQV 
and elliptic curves, and several comments recommended the adoption of 
ANSI X9.42, X9.44 and X9.62.
    This workshop will discuss the security and interoperability 
requirements of the Federal government, the options available in the 
above referenced voluntary consensus standards to address those needs, 
and the planned development of a Federal Information Processing 
Standard (FIPS) that will address those needs by including the 
appropriate techniques from the voluntary consensus standards 
referenced above. As with other FIPS, it is NIST's intention that the 
proposed standard would be published for public review and comment.

    Dated: October 22 1999.
Karen H. Brown,
Deputy Director, NIST.
[FR Doc. 99-28495 Filed 10-29-99; 8:45 am]