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HashiCorp Debuts Open-Source Vault Project for Crypto Key Management

May 01, 2015, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

Open-source software vendor HashiCorp is getting into the security business with the initial release of the Vault project. HashiCorp is best known for its DevOps tools, particularly its widely used open-source Vagrant application that enables developers to reproduce developer environments easily.

The Vault project is a new open-source tool aimed at safely and securely storing secrets. Those secrets include passwords, security certificates, API keys and tokens. The idea of a security secrets manager is not new, said Kevin Fishner, director of customer success at HashiCorp. In fact, key and secret managers, such as Venafi or Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), are the main competition for Vault, he said.

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