International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Engineering Science | India | Volume 10 Issue 9, September 2021 | Rating: 5.4 / 10

Security and Secrets Management: Integration of Security Tools Like Vault and Secrets Management into DevOps Workflow

Gowtham Mulpuri [4]

Abstract: This white paper delves into the critical role of security and secrets management within the DevOps framework, emphasizing the necessity of integrating advanced security tools like HashiCorp Vault for enhanced protection and efficiency. In the dynamic and fast-paced realm of DevOps, where traditional methods of secrets handling-such as passwords, API keys, and encryption tokens-are rendered inadequate, the need for robust, automated secrets management becomes paramount. We begin by exploring the unique challenges posed by the DevOps model to secrets management, including the risk of secrets exposure due to rapid deployment cycles and the limitations of traditional, manual secrets handling in an automated and scalable environment. The paper highlights how these challenges can compromise the security posture of an organization, leading to potential data breaches and non-compliance with regulatory standards. The focus then shifts to HashiCorp Vault, a tool designed to provide secure storage, tightly controlled access to sensitive data, and dynamic secrets management. Its features, such as on-demand secret generation, role-based access control, and data encryption, are discussed in the context of their relevance and application in a typical DevOps workflow. Practical use cases are presented to illustrate the integration and benefits of HashiCorp Vault in real-world scenarios. These include securing API key storage, dynamic generation of database credentials, and ensuring secure and compliant handling of secrets across development, testing, and production environments. Accompanied by explanatory flowcharts and diagrams, the paper provides a visual representation of the integration process, aiding in the comprehension of the text. These visual aids are specifically designed to cater to both technical and managerial audiences, offering a clear understanding of the workflow and the role of HashiCorp Vault within it. The paper concludes by summarizing the enhanced security, compliance, and efficiency that HashiCorp Vault brings to the DevOps environment. It underscores the importance of adopting such tools in modern software development and IT operations to safeguard against evolving cyber threats and to maintain a competitive edge in the market. This abstract encapsulates the essence of the white paper, aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of the intersection between DevOps practices, security challenges, and the vital role of advanced tools like HashiCorp Vault in addressing these challenges.

Keywords: DevOps Secrets Management, HashiCorp Vault, Security, CI/CD Pipeline, Dynamic Secrets, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Data Encryption, Automated Deployment, Compliance and Auditing, API Key Storage, Database Credential Management

Edition: Volume 10 Issue 9, September 2021,

Pages: 1771 - 1774

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