Identity types

Vault Key

A vault key is a cryptographic key stored securely within a vault for encryption, decryption, or authentication purposes. Vault keys are managed to prevent unauthorized access or tampering, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data.

For example, in an encryption system, vault keys encrypt plaintext data into ciphertext and decrypt ciphertext back into plaintext. These keys are securely generated, stored, and managed within a vault to protect them from unauthorized disclosure or misuse.

Vault keys are protected using encryption, access controls, and auditing mechanisms to enforce security policies and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Access to keys is restricted to authorized users or applications, and all key-related operations are logged and audited to monitor for security incidents or policy violations.

Key management is a critical aspect of cryptography and information security, as keys are the foundation of secure communication and data protection. By securely managing keys within a vault, organizations can protect sensitive data, prevent unauthorized access, and maintain the confidentiality and integrity of cryptographic operations performed within the environment.