2015 is shaping up as the “year of the secrets server,” with numerous open source and commercial options now available. Secrets servers offer important advantages compared to storing secrets in configuration management. From a security standpoint, secrets servers speed the path to security and compliance certification, offering capabilities such as end-to-end encryption, access control, detailed auditing of access, purpose-built APIs, dedicated management and reporting tools, and support for auto-scaling deployment architectures. Furthermore, using a secrets server enables DevOps teams to roll back the “lockdown” and re-establish the collaborative workflows configuration management was developed to encourage.
Kevin is co-founder and CTO of Waltham-based Conjur, a cloud infrastructure security startup backed by Avalon Ventures and Amplify Partners. Conjur was founded in 2012 by Kevin and his wife Elizabeth Lawler to provide security orchestration for modern infrastructure. Conjur is used today by innovative companies such as RetailMeNot, OpenDNS, Rally Software and Netflix. After studying Aero/Astro engineering at MIT, Kevin’s career has spanned many areas of enterprise software, including automotive, telecom, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Kevin and Elizabeth live in Weston with their four children, three chickens, a cat named Fermi, and a new puppy named Furnando. When he's not looking after this menagerie, Kevin enjoys camping and ice hockey.