Building and maintaining complex distributed systems
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Microservices secrets management with Vault

Seth Vargo (HashiCorp)
9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Systems administrators, DevOps engineers, database administrators, developers, and security professionals

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic experience using Linux machines

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A WiFi- and SSH-enabled device with a terminal and web browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Safari) installed and the ability to connect to the public internet unrestricted (no proxies or firewalls)

What you'll learn

  • Understand who is responsible for managing passwords and credentials in complex systems, what problems exist in the security space as organizations move to microservices, why existing solutions do not work as well in new architectures, and how Vault eliminates or reduces this complexity while increasing security and visibility


It’s great that you’ve moved to microservices, but how are you distributing secrets? Seth Vargo offers an overview of Vault’s unique approach to secret management by providing secrets as a service for your services (and humans too), which is highly scalable and easily customizable to fit any environment.

Topics include:

  • Setting up and configuring a Vault cluster
  • Creating static secrets such as WiFi credentials
  • Generating dynamic secrets, such as database passwords or AWS credentials
  • Retrieving secrets via the API and CLI
  • Integrating with existing and legacy applications
  • Providing encryption as a service

We will not cover:

  • Deploying Vault in a highly available environment
  • Advanced Vault configuration strategies for various backends
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Seth Vargo


Seth Vargo is the director of technical advocacy at HashiCorp. Previously, he worked at Chef (Opscode), CustomInk, and a few Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef. Seth is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth enjoys spending time with his friends and advising nonprofits. He loves all things bacon.

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