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Exposed Secrets in Code

Imagine If…

You could automate & orchestrate secrets management, including discovery, remediation, and prevention.

With Apiiro, you can…

Detect secrets across:

  • Source code
  • Configuration files
  • Infra-as-Code
  • Test code
  • Documentation
  • Package management files
  • Scripts
  • Project files

Apiiro can identify secrets of each type in multiple environments, from staging to production. Our Cloud-Native Application Security solution can identify these places automatically and quantify the risk for secrets in production source code vs. secrets in test code in staging and other environments. Apiiro’s secrets management capability can also identify many types of “secrets” that your developers put into your code, including:

  • User passwords
  • API keys
  • Authentication tokens
  • Private encryption keys
  • Digital certificates, and more.

Apiiro uses a variety of techniques to identify secrets in code. We use the latest algorithms for entropy detection of crypto keys and leverage our deep understanding of the code to look at the context. We also do this over the entire history of your code. In addition, Apiiro provides continuous detection of secrets, with automated workflows so you can manage your code and your risks as new secrets are introduced. Apiiro also understands which key management systems are already in place and can instruct the developers on how to remediate instead of only showing alerts.

The Challenges with Today’s Secrets Management

Software development has changed! Engineers no longer write code in isolation on desktops or laptops, where an attacker compromising a device could only access locally-stored files. Cloud-based development has changed the security model so developers often have expanded access to the entire application. With the rise of DevOps, the same developers (and developer identities) have the ability to make changes to production environments. A single compromised identity can now have a catastrophic impact on the security of the entire application and infrastructure.

It’s easy to say that developers should be more careful and better follow best practices but the truth is that developers are under increasing pressure to deliver. Hard-coding a token or password may be a temporary hack before implementing a better solution later on … that conveniently gets forgotten about as the next priority comes along.

In addition, developers don’t always have visibility into where their code is deployed, so they don’t have an end-to-end view of the risk. Or old code can be deployed in new ways that were never anticipated by the original developer. It is also common to see stored secrets that were intended to never leave the development environment make their way into production.

Secrets in code can give attackers significant unauthorized access to your entire application and infrastructure. Unfortunately, identifying secrets in code is harder than many think. There is a lot of complexity to detecting secrets, understanding their impact, and not becoming hopelessly overwhelmed with endless false-positives. Current solutions:

  • Identify numerous false positives, overwhelming security teams and wasting time investigating alerts
  • Do not understand the potential business impact of a secret by not separating between test, staging, and production environments

The Bottom Line:

Secrets management is a complex process that requires not only a deep understanding of code but context across the entire SDLC.

Without Apiiro With Apiiro
Timing Periodically Continuously
Based on Manual inputs Data analysis
How Manual reviews Automatically
Accuracy Low High

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