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DSS Glossary

Provider - Contractor or Government support organization (or both) providing the process on behalf of the customer.

NIST SP 800-56A

Provider - The party during key confirmation that provides assurance to the other party (the recipient) that the two parties have indeed established a shared secret.

NIST SP 800-95

Provider - The entity (person or organization) that provides an appropriate agent, referred to as the "provider agent" to implement a particular Web service. It will use the provider agent to exchange messages with the requester's requester agent. "Provider" is also used as a shorthand to refer to the provider agent acting on the provider's behalf. ( Web Services Architecture - W3C Working Group Note 11 February 2004, http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/NOTE-ws-arch-20040211)