AWS Launches Tool for Storing Secrets Securely

AWS Launches Tool for Storing Secrets Securely

Amazon Web Services on Wednesday announced AWS Secrets Manager, one of multiple new tools and services for security and compliance. The AWS Secrets Manager allows storage of important company information, such as passwords.

This service is Amazon’s latest effort to boost its security software offerings. With this new service, “you never, ever put a secret again in your code,” Amazon’s Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels said during a presentation at AWS’ San Francisco Summit on Wednesday.

The Secrets Manager tool arrives five years after AWS introduced a system for storing encryption keys powered by dedicated hardware security modules, and 3½ years after the cloud provider introduced a simpler service for that purpose.

Amazon Web Services leads the public cloud infrastructure market, with more than 125 services available to customers, according to Synergy Research Group. Synergy put Microsoft’s share at 13 percent and Google’s at 6 percent.

The new AWS Secrets Manager service is available Wednesday. It costs 40 cents per “secret” per month and 5 cents for every batch of 10,000 programmatic requests. The sort of secrets one would manage include database credentials, passwords, or API Keys. The Secrets Manager makes it easier to do so when using multiple distributed microservices, without relying on additional infrastructure.

AWS also launched Firewall Manager that gives customers centralized control over organization-wide security policies, over multiple accounts and multiple applications. Along with these 2 offerings, it also launched a new feature for AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) called Private Certificate Authority. This lets customers securely manage the lifecycle of private certificates with pay-as-you-go pricing.

“There’s no reason to not use certificates and encryption at this moment,” Vogels said on Wednesday. “Because security is all of our jobs, if something happens at your company, it’s your doing as well, it’s not just the security team.”

Megha Shah
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