CREATE COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY (Transact-SQL)

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Creates a column encryption key with the initial set of values, encrypted with the specified column master keys. This is a metadata operation. A CEK can have up to two values which allows for a column master key rotation. Creating a CEK is required before any column in the database can be encrypted using the Always Encrypted (Database Engine) feature. CEK's can also be created by using SQL Server Management Studio. Before creating a CEK, you must define a CMK by using Management Studio or the CREATE COLUMN MASTER KEY statement.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

Syntax

CREATE COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY key_name   
WITH VALUES  
  (  
    COLUMN_MASTER_KEY = column_master_key_name,   
    ALGORITHM = 'algorithm_name',   
    ENCRYPTED_VALUE = varbinary_literal  
  )   
[, (  
    COLUMN_MASTER_KEY = column_master_key_name,   
    ALGORITHM = 'algorithm_name',   
    ENCRYPTED_VALUE = varbinary_literal  
  ) ]   
[;]  

Arguments

key_name
Is the name by which the column encryption key will be known in the database.

column_master_key_name
Specifies the name of the custom column master key (CMK) used for encrypting the column encryption key (CEK).

algorithm_name
Name of the encryption algorithm used to encrypt the value of the column encryption key. The algorithm for the system providers must be RSA_OAEP.

varbinary_literal
The encrypted CEK value BLOB.

Warning

Never pass plaintext CEK values in this statement. Doing so will comprise the benefit of this feature.

Remarks

The CREATE COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY statement must include at least one VALUES clause and may have up to two. If only one is provided, you can use the ALTER COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY statement to add a second value later. You can also use the ALTER COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY statement to remove a VALUES clause.

Typically, a column encryption key is created with just one encrypted value. When a column master key needs to be rotated (the current column master key needs to be replaced with the new column master key), you can add a new value of the column encryption key, encrypted with the new column master key. This will allow you to ensure client applications can access data encrypted with the column encryption key, while the new column master key is being made available to client applications. An Always Encrypted enabled driver in a client application that does not have access to the new master key, will be able to use the column encryption key value encrypted with the old column master key to access sensitive data.

The encryption algorithms, Always Encrypted supports, require the plaintext value to have 256 bits.

An encrypted value should be generated using a key store provider that encapsulates the key store holding the column master key. For more information, see Always Encrypted (client development).

Use sys.columns (Transact-SQL), sys.column_encryption_keys (Transact-SQL) and sys.column_encryption_key_values (Transact-SQL) to view information about column encryption keys.

Permissions

Requires the ALTER ANY COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY permission.

Examples

A. Creating a column encryption key

The following example creates a column encryption key called MyCEK.

CREATE COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY MyCEK   
WITH VALUES  
(  
    COLUMN_MASTER_KEY = MyCMK,   
    ALGORITHM = 'RSA_OAEP',   
    ENCRYPTED_VALUE = 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
);  
GO  

Creating a Column Encryption Key with 2 Values

The following example creates a column encryption key called TwoValueCEK with two values.


CREATE COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY TwoValueCEK   
WITH VALUES  
(  
    COLUMN_MASTER_KEY = CMK1,   
    ALGORITHM = 'RSA_OAEP',   
    ENCRYPTED_VALUE = 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
),  
(  
    COLUMN_MASTER_KEY = CMK2,   
    ALGORITHM = 'RSA_OAEP',   
    ENCRYPTED_VALUE = 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
);  
GO  

See Also

ALTER COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY (Transact-SQL)
DROP COLUMN ENCRYPTION KEY (Transact-SQL)
CREATE COLUMN MASTER KEY (Transact-SQL)
Always Encrypted (Database Engine)
sys.column_encryption_keys (Transact-SQL)
sys.column_encryption_key_values (Transact-SQL)
sys.columns (Transact-SQL)