Most of the IT companies are working or are migrating their infrastructure to the cloud environment for cost reduction, high availability, data security, and hassle-free setup. Companies create or use applications/databases on the cloud, where they need to authenticate via secrets (or credentials). These days protection of passwords is one of the challenges, and hard-coding the secrets into the system would be a major security issue. Hence, we can make use of the AWS service named Secret Manager that will be responsible for the management of secrets.
What is a Secret?
A secret is not just a pair of usernames and passwords. It might contain a set of credentials holding key-value pairs or connection details to access the related services. In AWS Secret manager, a secret has metadata:
An Amazon Resource Name, name of the secret, a description, a resource policy, and tags, ARN for an encryption key (an AWS KMS key that Secrets Manager uses to encrypt and decrypt the secret value), Information of rotation of secret.