Glossary of Compliance

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Cryptographic Key

A cryptographic key is a string of characters, such as numbers or letters, which can encrypt and decrypt data when processed through an encryption algorithm. In simpler terms, a cryptographic key is a piece of data that transforms plaintext (unencrypted data) into ciphertext (encrypted data) and vice versa. In general, the key is used by authorized parties to access and read secured information or data. It is also used to secure digital conversations, authenticate users, and verify digital signatures.

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