What is Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP)?

What is Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP)?

KMIP defines communication protocols between organizations and key management systems for encrypting keys, certificates, and secrets. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a non-profit consortium responsible for open standards in establishing information security, governs KMIP.

KMIP simplifies how organizations can manage cryptographic keys by using a single language across different platforms and vendors without affecting the performance outcome. Data is transferred interoperable between organizations' systems and key manager vendors. For example, a centralized key management system successfully consolidates an organization's encryption elements.

KMIP ensures organizations have control, flexibility, and visibility of their key lifecycle management. The protocol supports symmetric keys, asymmetric keys, digital certificates, and authentication tokens.