The Certificate Lifecycle

Let’s learn about the lifecycle differences for a public-key certificate, which is the embodiment of a public key.

Many of the details of the phases of the key lifecycle discussed earlier are just as valid for private keys as they are for symmetric keys. However, there are several important differences concerning the lifecycle of public keys.

Differences in the certificate lifecycle

The illustration below shows the main phases of the key lifecycle. Following the illustration, we comment on the differences between the key lifecycle phases and those of the certificate lifecycle:

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