“SSH keys present a unique risk to manage. After all, how common are access management practices where users can grant themselves access without approval?”
SSH connections enable automated access to critical systems, but left unmanaged, they expose your organization to significant risks. IT staff come and go, workloads are spun up and torn down, and before you know it, you have thousands of unmanaged SSH keys in your network.
With the help of SSH Key Manager for Keyfactor Command, you can proactively discover, manage, and control access to keys on host systems in your environment. It also makes it easy to delete or rotate weak and outdated keys that create unnecessary risk.
Why SSH Keys Must be Protected
There’s a gaping hole in most organization’s identity and access management strategy – SSH security.
A typical server has anywhere from 50-200 associated SSH keys, which is often many times more than most enterprises estimate.
They don’t expire
Since SSH keys don’t expire, they often lay dormant and forgotten on systems long after they are needed.
They’re a target
Attackers find and misuse SSH keys in trust-based attacks to compromise servers and move laterally within networks.
SSH key sprawl and access proliferation
Admins and IT automation processes routinely push keys to servers without any control over where or how they can be used.
SSH keys are far too easy to generate without oversight – most organizations have 10-50 times more keys than they estimate.
No Quick Fix
Security teams are hesitant to rotate or revoke keys that appear unused out of fear that they will disrupt machine-to-machine connections.
Find and protect all of your SSH keys
SSH Key Manager for Keyfactor Command gives security teams better visibility, protection, and control over SSH keys and the access they provide.
Find SSH keys on-prem and in the cloud, then map trust relationships to associated users, servers, and service accounts.
Replace and rotate weak, outdated, or unauthorized keys that provide trusted access to critical infrastructure and automated processes.
Set rotation policies and assign or revoke SSH access for users and groups from your identity provider to prevent key sprawl.
Secure SSH Keys with Keyfactor
Keyfactor enables your teams to reduce risk and increase productivity by centrally managing SSH keys and access.
IT teams and developers can eliminate manual processes involved in enabling SSH access to their servers while staying within policy.
Security teams can simplify audits with centralized dashboards and reports to continuously monitor key rotation and access privileges.
Stay one step ahead of key sprawl by eliminating inactive keys, orphaned keys, or keys with unnecessary root access privileges.
Take the worry out of deleting or rotating SSH keys by enhancing your visibility into all trust relationships and key usage.
Replace manual SSH key inventory and tracking processes with automated network-based discovery that can scale.
Enable automated key provisioning as ephemeral workloads are spun up in the cloud or CI/CD pipelines.
Get Started with SSH Key Manager
Keyfactor Command is flexible and extensible when it comes to meeting your security needs. Additional modules can be added to Keyfactor Command to expand its complete PKI and certificate lifecycle automation capabilities.
SSH Key Manager for Keyfactor Command is an add-on module that integrates with a wide array of supported Linux and Unix systems to provide full visibility and control of SSH keys at scale.