Controlled Cryptographic Item

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What Does Controlled Cryptographic Item Mean?

A Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI) is a secure cryptographic component or hardware that performs a critical security communication function. CCIs are defined by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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CCI components that are associated with cryptographic logic are classified, including related programs. CCIs follow prescribed regulations but are not always classified.

Techopedia Explains Controlled Cryptographic Item

An example of a cryptographic CCI component is cryptographic logic hardware, such as a printed circuit board. Normally, a security clearance is not required for unkeyed CCIs, which are assigned to custodians or other personnel that do not require a location escort. Only U.S. employees holding classified keys have key CCI access.

The NSA groups encrypted items into four different types:

  • Type 1: Sensitive or classified U.S. government information
  • Type 2: Unclassified and encrypted equipment for government information that requires safeguarding due to data sensitivity
  • Type 3: Algorithms for sensitive and unclassified information that is either owned by the U.S. government or commercially endorsed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Type 3 items are registered and published by the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).
  • Type 4: Algorithms that are NIST registered but not published by FIPS
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