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Encryption standard

An encryption standard is a widely accepted set of rules or guidelines for encrypting data. It specifies the requirements for an encryption algorithm, including the strength of the encryption, the key sizes that are supported, and the security protocols that must be followed.

Encryption standards are developed by government agencies, industry organizations, and other groups to ensure that encryption algorithms are effective and secure. They are typically designed to be independent of any particular encryption algorithm, so that they can be used with a variety of different algorithms.

Encryption standards are used to evaluate the security of an encryption algorithm and to ensure that it meets certain security requirements. They are also used to certify that an encryption algorithm has been tested and is suitable for use in a particular application.

Examples of widely used encryption standards include the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which is a widely used symmetric key encryption standard, and the Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS), which are a set of standards for public key cryptography.