Gartner Research

Managing Secrets and Privileged Access in an Agile, DevOps Environment

Published: 14 December 2018

ID: G00354933

Analyst(s): Lori Robinson


Hard-coded secrets embedded in source code and scattered throughout the DevOps pipeline pose significant risk. Technical professionals responsible for DevSecOps must introduce tools that securely store and manage secrets and enforce access controls without disrupting automated DevOps workflows.

Table Of Contents


  • Secrets Management Defined
  • Secrets Management in a Hybrid IT Environment
  • The DevOps Secrets Management Challenge
    • Secrets Embedded in Code
    • Static Secrets
    • Broad-Sweeping, Excessive Access
    • Machine and Secret Proliferation
    • Islands of Security
  • Required Features of a Secrets Management Platform
    • Secrets Management
    • Machine Identity Management
    • Machine Identities
    • Access Controls
    • Audit and Logging
    • Out-of-the-Box Integrations
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Secrets Management Maturity Model
  • Secrets Management Market


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