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Design and Implementation of a Key-Lifecycle Management System

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Executive Summary

Key management is the Achilles' heel of cryptography. This work presents a novel Key-Lifecycle Management System (KLMS), which addresses two issues that have not been addressed comprehensively so far. First, KLMS introduces a pattern-based method to simplify and to automate the deployment task for keys and certificates, i.e., the task of associating them with endpoints that use them. Currently, the best practice is often a manual process, which does not scale and suffers from human error. The approach eliminates these problems and specifically takes into account the lifecycle of keys and certificates. The result is a centralized, scalable system, addressing the current demand for automation of key management.

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