How to securely manage public & private SSH keys in the cloud?

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SSH greatly simplifies remote server access and increase login security. SloopEngine provides easy steps to implement secure SSH access to Amazon EC2 instances, Google Compute Engine instances, Azure Virtual Machines, OpenShift servers, and even Docker containers, etc.

What is the need for a cloud-based SSH key management system?

On the whole, it is not just about managing SSH keys, it's all about, how to enable secure SSH access to servers, without compromising the security of SSH keys. A large organization on average maintain hundreds, or thousands of servers running on production, staging, and development environments. If the SSH security of any server is compromised, it opens ways to exploit and compliance problems. You can avoid SSH security issues only by implementing proper SSH key management.

How to choose a cloud-based SSH key management system?

Choosing an SSH key management is not an easy task because storing and retrieving the private SSH key data is critical. Here are some key factors you need to consider before choosing an SSH key management system to manage your public and private SSH keys.

  1. Block-level encryption must be enabled on servers.
  2. The private SSH key data must be encrypted and stored in a secured database.
  3. The private SSH key should not be stored in a flat-file at any cost.
  4. Must allow managing SSH keys per environment.
  5. SSH deployment must be automated.
  6. SSH key rotation options should be available.
  7. Should be centralized and easily manageable.
  8. Must have proper access management for team members.

SloopEngine has all the above factors built into it, so you can blindly give a try to it. With SloopEngine, you can manage SSH keys per environment, per user, with built-in context-awareness.

Managing SSH keys & SSH access are two sides of the same coin

In this post, we discussed more on SSH key management, but we forgot another important thing i.e. SSH access management. SSH key management and SSH access management are both two sides of the same coin. We cannot split both the functionalities separately. SloopEngine offers both SSH key management and SSH access management in the cloud. Signup on SloopEngine, onboard your team members, and start managing SSH keys and SSH access in the cloud. Please watch the SloopEngine demo video to know more about it.

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