7.7. Understanding Key Management and the Key Life Cycle
Key management refers to the process of working with keys from the time they are created until the time they are retired or destroyed. Key management includes the following stages/areas:
Centralized versus decentralized key generation
Key storage and distribution
Key recovery and archival
Throughout this discussion, the terms certificate and key will be used interchangeably. Certificates contain keys that provide security. The process used is the same in either situation.
The term key life cycle describes the stages a key goes through during its entire life. You can think of this as a cradle-to-grave ...