Modern IT environments are powered by an exponentially growing number of secrets. As organizations adopt cloud computing, containers, microservices and DevOps practices, the number of secrets required for authentication and encryption proliferates rapidly.
Secrets like passwords, API keys, SSH keys and encryption certificates enable services, applications, and systems to communicate securely. However, uncontrolled sprawl also introduces security risks, with many high-profile breaches tied to compromised secrets.
This white paper examines the urgent need for robust secrets management solutions. It provides a detailed overview of the secrets management challenge, from risks to requirements. Guidance is provided on planning, evaluating, and selecting a secrets management system aligned to organization needs.