The Current State of Secrets Sprawl Leads to Inefficiency
The combination of proliferation and decentralization of secrets, widely familiar to any DevOps team, creates an operational burden, not to say a nightmare. Having the same passwords in your multiple Ansible jobs, your Kubernetes containers, or in the daily batch routine you’re coding, requires a considerable effort when these passwords need to be rotated.
Since secrets are located in various environments (cloud, on-prem, hybrid) and managed by different administrators, such as Island of Secrets, Ansible Secrets, Docker Secrets and Kubernetes Secrets, to name a few, no unified control pane is available for the management of the multiple secrets repositories.
For organizations that operate in both a cloud-native environment and a classic IT infrastructure, a duplication issue is created due to having their own secrets managed with different tools and a cloud-native solutions. Last but definitely not least, there is a security concern - how can cloud-native systems securely access resources that are external to their environment.
8 Things to Look for When Choosing a Secrets Management Solution
- A single, unified SaaS platform for various use cases
Support for all types of secrets, machine and human, such as: Encryption keys, API-keys, Tokens, Passwords, SSH keys, x.509 certificates, Signing keys
- Works in hybrid, multi-cloud, multi-region environments
Allows seamless cross-platform, cross-environment workflows to solve the ‘closed garden’ operational block
- Plugins to every DevOps tool
Common cloud platforms such as Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins, Terraform, Ansible, and others
- Works via CLI, UI, REST API, SDK
Allows authentication via third-party Identity Providers while could workload platforms provision secrets
- Solves the Secret-Zero problem
Providing inherited identity derived from the parent system together with an ephemeral token for continuous authentication
- Visibility into who accesses what secret, when and where
A robust analytics dashboard to create real-time audit logs for individual accountability
- Enforced least privileges for both machines and humans
Both users and application are allowed access on a need-to-know, just-in-time basis - specified access for a specified duration
- A Solution that supports your future scale
As your operation expands to more environments and regions, scalable integration capabilities with support for a wide variety of plugins
Existing Secret Management Solutions
On-prem: Thycotic Secret Server, Hashicorp Vault, CyberArk Conjur
With on-prem solutions, the burden of deployment and ongoing operations falls on the user since some of these solutions are OSS tools that integrate with only a limited number of platforms, and require a great deal of effort to support future scale. Additionally, on-prem solutions cover a small number of use cases. Lastly, there is no support, unless you opt for a pricy, enterprise solution.
SaaS: AWS Secrets Management, Azure Key Vault, GCP Secret Manager
With CSP-based solutions there isn’t solid support for multi-cloud and hybrid environments, not to mention multi-region that requires to replicate objects, secrets and keys by the user. Additionally, there is a significant lack of support for integration with third-party platforms, such as identity providers and container platforms. Last, there is no solution for the issue of identification beyond the specific environment of the CPS provider.
AKEYLESS Vault - The Secrets Management Solution Tailored for DevOps
Changing the secrets game by offering unified management across hybrid and multi-cloud environments that supports workflows and future scale.
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