Definition - What does Digital Envelope mean?
Rivest, Shamir and Adleman (RSA) Public-Key Cryptography Standard (PKCS) #7 governs the application of cryptography to data for digital envelopes and digital signatures.
A digital envelope is also known as a digital wrapper.
Techopedia explains Digital Envelope
Either of the following methods may be used to create a digital envelope:
- Secret key encryption algorithms, such as Rijndael or Twofish, for message encryption.
- Public key encryption algorithm from RSA for secret key encryption with a receiver’s public key.
A digital envelope may be decrypted by using a receiver's private key to decrypt a secret key, or by using a secret key to decrypt encrypted data.
An example of a digital envelope is Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) - a popular data cryptography software that also provides cryptographic privacy and data communication authentication.