SSH Key Management and Automation
Security and convenience do not generally go hand in hand. Passwords control access to operating systems, applications, servers, and clouds, but they are largely complex and inefficient. This has led to the creation of password less authentication mechanisms, such as SSH, to enable seamless communication between devices and applications.
Beyond its use as an identification tool, SSH can also move data securely between two endpoints. But this can be a problem if SSH keys fall into the wrong hands because it can open permanent backdoors to sensitive organisational data.
Most enterprises do not have a well-documented process for creating, managing, sharing, and removing keys in their infrastructure. Any number of keys can be created and deployed at will, and without a way to track or remove them, they can become a significant security vulnerability. Enterprises with poorly managed keys are not only at risk from breaches but also from becoming non-compliant with mandatory regulations. This makes it necessary for enterprises to secure their SSH keys using advanced tools that can mitigate risks arising from such vulnerabilities.
AppViewX SSH+ is a one-stop solution for managing and automating SSH keys in an infrastructure.
It enables teams to discover, create, provision, rotate and secure SSH keys automatically while ensuring policy compliance across networks. It helps an enterprise enforce access controls and monitor key usage through a single console and proactively prevents key misuse.
SSH+ can manage and automate an SSH key’s lifecycle on a platform regardless of its location, whether on-premise or in the cloud.
AppViewX SSH+ Capabilities
Automated Key Management
With SSH+, keys can be created using best-in-class encryption algorithms with passphrase protection. They are then pushed to the required hosts automatically, and through the automated rotation of SSH keys, unauthorised users with access to critical systems can be permanently removed.
All keys are not created equal. Some protect access to mission-critical application systems while others protect access to less-important testing environments. With SSH+, keys can be grouped based on functionality and required policies (such as recommended cryptographic techniques and workflows) and can be mapped appropriately to enable easier management.
Maintaining an inventory of only active keys in your infrastructure can help your IT department to stay ahead of the curve by identifying misuse before it’s too late. SSH+ can help you discover keys from servers, ADCs and client devices on-demand and keep your inventory updated with a midnight sync feature.
Privilege Access Management
Providing privileged access to one-time users for a finite amount of time can be challenging when managed manually. With SSH+, users have the power to control user access to these systems automatically. Our RBAC’s tight integration with a user’s LDAP ensures that the necessary teams have a granular view of key groups, as well as the ability to monitor policy violations and unauthorised key usage.
When an infrastructure inventory includes thousands of keys and hosts, attempting to take a comprehensive list can get messy. Our holistic view graphically represents the information tied to each key, such as associated hosts and accounts, to make management simple. This view also allows users to add or delete host/client devices and push, download, rotate or delete keys without compromising necessary workflows.
Having one application to create and manage SSH keys and another to use to access your systems can be counter-productive. Get direct access to all target systems on-premise or in the cloud within the same console to ensure seamless user experience and superior session tracking on all supported devices.
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