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Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) 1.1 and KMIP Profiles 1.1 Become OASIS Standards
By: Business Wire
Feb. 12, 2013 01:37 PM
The OASIS international open standards consortium announced the approval of version 1.1 of the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Specification and KMIP Profiles. KMIP enables interoperable communication between cryptographic environments and key managers, reducing the operational, training, and infrastructure costs for key management in the enterprise. KMIP 1.1 and the related KMIP Profiles 1.1 are now official OASIS Standards, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification.
“The beauty of KMIP is that it delivers a single protocol that any cryptographic environment—tape drives, application encryption software development kits, database encryption applications—can use to talk to any key manager,” explained Robert Griffin of RSA, the security division of EMC, co-chair of the OASIS KMIP Technical Committee. “That means developers need to learn just one set of tools, and changes in key management strategy can be put in place without having to retrofit applications. The savings are tremendous.”
In addition to the main specification, KMIP Profiles define functionality sets that address specific scenarios (such as vaulting keys created within a storage environment). KMIP Profiles also define the authentication that must be used to ensure message confidentiality and integrity.
“It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come since we began work on KMIP in 2009,” said Subhash Sankuratripati of NetApp, who also co-chairs the OASIS KMIP Technical Committee. The group now includes representatives of more than 32 vendors and end user organizations from around the world. “KMIP is widely regarded as the key management interoperability solution, and version 1.1 has already been implemented in an array of products.”
Many of those products will be on display at the RSA Conference 2013 in San Francisco, 25-27 February 2013. Cryptsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, QuintessenceLabs, Thales e-Security, Townsend Security, and Vormetric will demonstrate the full key management life-cycle including creating, registering, locating, retrieving, deleting, and transferring symmetric and asymmetric keys and certificates between the vendors’ systems. The demonstration builds on the substantial interoperability testing that was conducted throughout the development of KMIP 1.1.
KMIP 1.1 is offered for implementation on a royalty-free basis. Companies, non-profit groups, governments, academic institutions, and individuals are welcome to participate in the OASIS KMIP Technical Committee, which is currently working on version 1.2 of the specification. As with all OASIS projects, archives of the KMIP Technical Committee’s work are accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment.
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