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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Confined Spaces to Cryptographic Message Syntax


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Confined Spaces

Cryptographic message syntax is used to digitally sign, digest, authenticate, or encrypt arbitrary message content.

The American National Standard (ANS) ANSI X9.73-2017, Cryptographic Message Syntax-ASN.1 and XML, specifies a cryptographic syntax scheme that can be used to protect financial transactions, files, and other messages from unauthorized disclosure and modification. The cryptographic syntax scheme is based on an abstract cryptographic message syntax (CMS) schema whose concrete values can be represented using either a compact, efficient, binary encoding, or as a flexible, human-readable, XML markup format.

ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X9 published the standard, a revision of the 2010 edition.


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