Objective: Understand the methods and best practices for securely storing and protecting cryptographic keys.

Introduction to Key Storage and Protection

Key Aspects of Key Storage and Protection

  1. Secure Storage Solutions:
    • Understanding the use of hardware security modules (HSMs), encrypted databases, and secure key vaults.
    • Emphasizing the physical and logical security of storage solutions.
  2. Access Controls:
    • Implementing strict access controls to ensure only authorized individuals can access cryptographic keys.
    • Using techniques like multi-factor authentication and role-based access control.
  3. Backup and Recovery:
    • Creating secure backups of keys for recovery in case of loss or corruption.
    • Ensuring that backup keys are as secure as primary keys.
  4. Audit and Accountability:
    • Keeping logs of key access and usage to track unauthorized attempts and ensure accountability.
    • Regularly reviewing and auditing key access logs.

Hands-on Exercise: Implementing Secure Key Storage

Practical Application

Further Reading and Resources