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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to Security+
 9  Chapter 4:  Basics of Cryptography (Domain 4.0; 15%)
      9  4.5  Key Management and Certificate Lifecycles

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4.5.7  Recovery

Recovery is the process of reacquiring a private key of your own that has been lost (due to disaster, hardware failure, a personal mistake, etc.), or someone else’s private key that you are authorized to possess (perhaps because it is required for a business function or law enforcement investigation).

Certificate authorities usually have policies about when a key may be recovered, the procedure required (such as the presentation of proper ID by the requester), and the procedure for requesting the key recovery. Recovery is related to the concept of Key Escrow, discussed in Section 4.5.3, which allows for the safeguarding of keys in case recovery is needed at a later date.

Recovery

Recovery involves reacquiring a private key. An individual might want to recover his or her own key if it has been lost due to hardware failure or user error. An organization might want to recover an employee’s private key if it is required for a business function or law enforcement investigation.


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