Patent Number: 7,822,206

Title: Systems and methods for management and auto-generation of encryption keys

Abstract: Systems, methods and media for managing and generating encryption keys are disclosed. In one embodiment, a processor executes encryption key processing computer code to receive requests for keys from an application program. The processor determines whether the requesting application program executes on a node or server that is within the scope of machines authorized to receive the requested keys. If authorized, the processor produces a key map and sends the key map to the application program, enabling the application program to access one or more keys in the key map. The keys are updated automatically according to a specifiable schedule.

Inventors: Birk; Peter D. (Austin, TX), Botzum; Keys D. (Columbia, MD), Chao; Ching-Yun (Austin, TX), Chung; Hyen V. (Round Rock, TX), DeMyers; Alaine (Austin, TX), Lee; Ut Van (Austin, TX), Lentz; James L. (Austin, TX), Rosiles; Mickella A. (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04L 9/08 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00