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Secrets are pieces of private information used to authenticate and authorize access to protected resources or sensitive information. Common types of secrets include:

  • Passwords 
  • Privileged account credentials
  • Certificates 
  • SSH keys 
  • API keys 
  • Encryption keys 

Incomplete visibility of where secrets are stored, hardcoded or embedded credentials, third-party vendor accounts, and manual processes all create risks around secrets management.