What is Azure Key Vault and how it is used?

What is Azure Key Vault?

It is a cloud based key management and security service that enables in securing cryptographic keys, password and other secret services used by cloud applications and services. Azure Key Vault can encrypt keys and secret information such as account keys and passwords using FIPS validated hardware security modules (HSM) based key security and management.

What is Azure Key Vault used for?

Azure Key Vault primarily provides a secure cloud based key and secret services management platform for cloud applications and services. It is designed for security professionals, developers and auditors for deploying applications with keys URI, managing keys and monitoring access to keys. Some common uses of Azure Key Vault are;

  • Provides a central interface to store and manage keys, secrets and policies
  • Enable in storing and managing key and password data for applications without directly giving them access to keys data
  • Provides key storage and management platform for both on premises and cloud based apps and services

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