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KEY. An instrument made for shutting and opening a lock.
     2. The keys of a house are considered as real estate, and descend to the heir with the inheritance. But see 5 Blackf. 417.
     3. When the keys of a warehouse are delivered to a purchaser of goods locked up there, with a view of effecting a delivery of such goods, the delivery is complete. The doctrine of the civil law is the same. Dig. lib. 41, t. 1, 1. 9, Sec. 6; and lib. 18, t. 1, 1. 74.

KEY, estates. A wharf at which to land goods from, or to load them in a vessel. This word is now generally spelled Quay, from the French, quai.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When using manual key exchange methods, the recommended practice for keys used for data or keys that protect other keys is to use "split knowledge systems." These systems split the key into pieces among multiple individuals.
The core issues for security professionals are to key into the best technology options, to clamp down on loose accountability, and to latch onto the appropriate supporting policies that will clinch their objectives.