3 Reasons Why Azure Key Vault Isn’t That Bad As You Think
Azure Key Vault is a service provided by Microsoft Azure that helps in protecting data with Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). It eradicates the need for source code to have sensitive information and streamlines the key management. It also lets developers create and test keys rapidly. But, there are many Azure users who are scared of Key Vault. This article will help in getting rid of that fear that Azure Key Vault isn’t that scary as you think.
- Keys and secrets are easy concepts to understand.
An Azure Key Vault or AKV comprises security assets like keys and secrets. A key helps in encrypting, decrypting and signing data, however, no application or user has direct access to the key once it is added to AKV. Whereas, a secret is only accessible to authorized users and applications. Instances include API passwords and connection strings for services like Azure Blob Storage.
- Vault Containers are easy to create.
Security usually becomes a vampire for admins by sucking up their time. Vault containers ensure that these monsters are destroyed by creating an AKV and adding it to an Azure Resource Group, which is possible with the help of Azure CLI, Azure PowerShell, and the Azure Portal. Type the add command in CLI and PowerShell, or you can also click on Add button in the portal to begin the process. Type the name of the AKV and connect to a resource group. Choose a location for the AKV and a pricing tier to create it.
- Vault Containers make your system more secure.
Many SMBs will have a security officer on guard to keep away the hackers from accessing sensitive information. They have access to create AKVs which further has two benefits. First, developers have no access to create keys or secrets to source control as they have no direct access to it. Second, granting and revoking access to these security assets is easier as they are centralized with AKV.