Aembit now allows you to secure HashiCorp Vault, while reducing its operational burden on developers and DevOps teams. This capability is generally available today, and is also available in our self-service free tier that supports up to 10 production-class workloads.
With this new capability, you can now secure your Vault by providing policy-based access from workloads based on cryptographically verifiable identities instead of bootstrap secrets, paired with the ability to implement conditional access based on the workload’s security posture. You can enable this across all of your cloud and on-prem environments, without making code changes to your applications.
Secrets Managers are Essential to Modern Applications
Secrets managers (sometimes referred to generically as vaults) are essential in modern applications because they serve as the guardians of sensitive data, safeguarding critical secrets, certificates, and encryption keys. Secrets managers have grown from being just a secure repository for these secrets to attempting to add robust access controls and automation for secret lifecycle management. Whether it’s protecting API keys, database credentials, or cryptographic assets, Vaults are the “password managers” of machine-to-machine access, helping businesses safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of data in their most sensitive applications.
Using HashiCorp Vault for secrets management can bring significant benefits to an organization, but it also comes with its share of burdens that impact both the DevOps teams managing it and the developers who are integrating it into their applications. So – just like user access evolved – we think machine to machine access is ready for IAM as well.
When working with our customers, we saw some common challenges, such as the “secret zero” problem, access control, policy management, token management, dynamic secrets, and logging.
Our goal with this new capability is to allow customers to take full advantage of their Vault investment with lower friction and operational overhead.
Securing Vault with Workload IAM
If you’re just learning about Workload IAM, this technology enables your workloads to access sensitive data and applications based on their identity and posture, combined with an access policy versus simply by having a secret.
This is a simple and powerful approach to securing Vault access, or access to any sensitive data or application in your environment. Deploying Aembit gives your team a few advantages:
- Define identity-based access policies to control access to Vault
Vault contains sensitive information, and the proverbial ‘keys to your kingdom.’ Aembit gives your DevOps and security teams a central, policy-based method to control which applications have access to your Vault, based on their cryptographically validated identities. (For more on this, see ‘How Aembit Works’). Easily visualized in our UI, it also enables your teams to leverage policy as code to add or block Vault access as needed.
- Eliminate the secret zero problem
- Eliminate complex Vault integration
- Implement conditional access to Vault
- Provide centralized visibility, logging, and audit of your Vault access – based on identity instead of secrets.