Key Access Component Holders

PDF A CA’s private key is a valuable item because its possessor may activate the CA at any time. To protect against any misuse, Key Access Component Card Sets are created and are required to access the private key.

These Card Sets are formed with a defined number of Key Access Component Cards, that are protected with PIN numbers and store encryption key elements [components] necessary to decrypt the private key and gain access to it in order to bring it into online state inside the cryptographic device. Individuals, that posses the Key Access Component Cards used to protect particular keys are called Key Access Component Holders and the organization that owns the CA must track and record accurate information about Key Access Component Cards and Key Access Component Holders so that a complete list maintained at all times.