secret key

What is secret key?

secret key meaning in Internet terms is Definition: A cryptographic key that is used for both encryption and decryption, enabling the operation of a symmetric key cryptography scheme.
Extended Definition: Also, a cryptographic algorithm that uses a single key (i.e., a secret key) for both encryption of plaintext and decryption of ciphertext.
Related Term(s): symmetric key
Adapted from: CNSSI 4009


reference: Glossary | National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies