What IS Hashicorp Vault?

What is Vault? HashiCorp Vault is an identity-based secrets and encryption management system. A secret is anything that you want to tightly control access to, such as API encryption keys, passwords, and certificates. Vault provides encryption services that are gated by authentication and authorization methods.

5 core benefits of Hashicorp Vault.
  • Secure Secret Storage: Arbitrary key/value secrets can be stored in Vault. ...
  • Dynamic Secrets: Vault can generate secrets on-demand for some systems, such as AWS or SQL databases. ...
  • Data Encryption: Vault can encrypt and decrypt data without storing it.
Why is vault used?

Vault provides encryption as a service with centralized key management to simplify encrypting data in transit and stored across clouds and datacenters. Vault can encrypt/decrypt data stored elsewhere, essentially allowing applications to encrypt their data while storing it in the primary data store.