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Generate Key Dialog Box

Getting there

Secure Shell key authentication uses a public/private key pair. From this dialog box, you can create a new key pair and add it to the Key Agent. When you generate keys using the Key Agent, the private key is always kept in encrypted form for use by the Reflection Key Agent only.

The options are:

 

Name

Enter a name to identify this key.

 

Type

Specifies the algorithm used for key generation.

 

Length

Specifies the key size. Up to a point, a larger key size improves security. Increasing key size slows down the initial connection, but has no effect on the speed of encryption or decryption of the data stream after a successful connection has been made. The length of key you should use depends on many factors, including: the key type, the lifetime of the key, the value of the data being protected, the resources available to a potential attacker, and the size of the symmetric key you use in conjunction with this asymmetric key. To ensure the best choice for your needs, we recommend that you contact your security officer.

Note: Only public keys can be exported from the agent.