Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP): Addressing the Need for Standardization in Enterprise Key Management

Date Added: May 2009
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The Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), recently introduced as a new technical committee in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), establishes a single, comprehensive protocol for communication between enterprise key management servers and cryptographic clients. By defining a protocol that can be used by any cryptographic client, ranging from a simple automated electric meter to very complex disk-arrays, KMIP enables enterprise key management servers to communicate via a single protocol to all cryptographic clients supporting that protocol. Through vendor support of KMIP, an enterprise will be able to consolidate key management in a single enterprise key management system, reducing operational and infrastructure costs while strengthening operational controls and governance of security policy.