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# NIST Elliptic Curves

## Related Concepts

## Definition

The NIST elliptic curves are a set of curves from the FIPS 186-3 standard that are recommended for US federal government use.

## Applications

In FIPS 186-3, NIST recommended 15 elliptic curves of varying security levels for US federal government use. The curves are of three types: random elliptic curves over a prime field, random elliptic curves over a binary (characteristic 2) field, and Koblitz [2] elliptic curves over a binary field. Some of the selection criteria and parameters are described here; see [1] for details.