Today’s enterprise IT infrastructures are designed for speed and scalability, conditions that make Akeyless’ secret management solution all the more useful. Companies like Cimpress, Stash, and Constant Contact have turned to Akeyless for help with managing secrets, which makes sense given how operations, development, and security teams work today.
Given the competitive business landscape, having the ability to bring workloads online as quickly as possible has become an advantage. As such, organizations are actively adopting the DevOps approach to software supply chains, which often involves extensive containerization and automated orchestration.
Acumen Research and Consulting predicts that the global DevOps market will reach $37 billion in revenue by 2030. The shift to developing hybrid and cloud-native applications, which require resources to communicate with each other, has rendered secrets such as credentials, passwords, certificates, and keys, an integral part of IT management. Secrets facilitate the interconnection of infrastructure components. Users, devices, and applications must undergo verification and credential exchanges to connect and interact with others securely.
Since all workloads now involve IT, it is possible for even a small business to use thousands of secrets within its ecosystem, which raises the issue of secret proliferation. IT teams often lack complete oversight and visibility into all of the organization’s secrets, which makes zero-trust principles such as dynamic “just-in-time” credential generation a major challenge.
This challenge often ends up becoming an alarming security issue. Leaking human user passwords are obviously potential security risks; static secrets such as keys and certificates can also be left behind on servers and instances. Malicious actors can exploit any secrets used. According to Verizon, stolen credentials account for nearly half of today’s data breaches.
Akeyless seeks to solve this problem for businesses through its SaaS solution. Through its Akeyless Vault platform, the company gives security teams complete control, injecting all necessary credentials, across the entire organization, whether on-premises or in the cloud. By centralizing monitoring and control, companies can assign, revoke, and redeploy efficiently and securely.
Overcoming security silos
Although there are older methods of managing secrets, they are usually tied to a particular type of secret. For example, credentials and access levels are often managed using identity and access management tools. Username and password combinations are organized using password managers or, as is often the case, Excl sheets. Companies requiring more robust security use devices such as hardware security modules to store their keys and process encryption.
While many of these solutions may be independently effective, they may lack interoperability. Security teams often end up using multiple tools to manage all of their secrets, which support DevOps integrations and use cases. This becomes a stumbling block for organizations looking to leverage orchestration and automation.
Akeyless gets around this problem by unifying secret management on a single platform, including passwords, keys, and certificates, with a back-end that refreshes and encrypts keys across environments, injecting them into the code using API calls.
As a SaaS solution, implementing Akeyless is quick and easy. Individual users can instantly take advantage of multi-tenant password management. They can even easily connect to services using a browser extension. If the organization already uses other secrets managers, Akeyless can easily import data from Kubernetes Secrets Manager, HashiCorp Vault and Azure Key Vault.
The platform’s native integrations with DevOps solutions like Terraform, Jenkins, and CircleCI ensure coders can maintain security without having to switch work environments.
The Akeyless dashboard also features an intuitive interface that allows IT teams to organize secrets using folders and subfolders, much like how file systems work in operating systems. Access and permissions can then be assigned to these folders. This way, CISOs and IT teams can sort out secrets however they see fit. For example, folders can be organized according to business units, making it easier to identify groups with access to particular secrets.
Integration into modern workflows
One of the platform’s defining advantages is its seamless integration into workflows. Akeyless can be connected to identity providers like Active Directory and Okta. The platform also provides an SDK, allowing developers to integrate Akeyless into existing libraries, scripts, and applications. It can integrate seamlessly into DevOps pipelines, including with CI/CD tools such as CircleCI, GitHub, and Jenkins.
Companies can also use Akeyless to manage dynamic or rolling secrets. Assignment and reassignment of keys and certificates are typically done during provisioning and as part of security measures, and the fact that these tasks can be managed centrally and automatically is a game-changer for organizations leveraging the cloud, DevOps and containerization.
The typical back and forth between development teams and IT teams for key generation and certificate assignment requests can be eliminated, enabling greater efficiency across the enterprise.
Achieving safety without knowledge
Akeyless believes that businesses should retain full control and ownership of their secrets through zero-knowledge security.
Akeyless’ patented Distributed Fragments Cryptography (DFC) technology makes this possible. Even Akeyless cannot see any of the actual secrets stored on the platform or reveal them cryptographically. Secret information is stored in secure shards spread across different servers and regions and constantly updated mathematically.
Users maintain a key fragment in their own environment, which is used to prove that they are trusted identities. Thanks to DFC, there is no need to reassemble fragmented encryption keys. It becomes virtually impossible for secrets to be compromised by external threat actors.
With all of these capabilities, Akeyless ultimately provides a complete and practical secrets management solution for the modern enterprise. Security and product teams can become true repositories of secrets and security in their respective organizations while enabling efficiency for all IT stakeholders.
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