Eliminating Secrets Sprawl Beyond AWS With Keeper

Make secrets management and compliance a breeze by consolidating your secrets management solutions with Keeper Secrets Manager.

What Is Keeper Secrets Manager?

Keeper Secrets Manager (KSM) is a multi-cloud, zero-trust and zero-knowledge platform built for DevOps and technical teams. It is designed to secure infrastructure secrets including access keys, secret credentials, database passwords, API keys, certificates and other privileged credentials – even those stored within other secrets management tools like AWS Secrets Manager.

With Keeper Secrets Manager, all machines, CI/CD pipelines, developer environments and source code pull secrets from a secure and encrypted API endpoint. Keeper Secrets Manager uses several layers of 256-bit AES encryption, and data is always encrypted or decrypted on the user’s device, meaning only authorized users and machines can view and decrypt stored data. Keeper Secrets Manager provides all DevOps team members with a secure vault for managing their secrets, assigning secrets to applications and running reports. Integration into SIEM solutions provides admins with auditable reporting and alerts capabilities.

What Is Keeper Secrets Manager?
What is AWS Secrets Manager?

What is AWS Secrets Manager?

AWS Secrets Manager is a secrets management service specific to the Amazon AWS environment. It protects secrets used by applications and services running in the AWS cloud. The service enables users to rotate, manage and retrieve credentials, service account passwords, database passwords and API keys, along with other secrets, throughout their lifecycle. It is excellent for maintaining secrets that are used from infrastructure within the AWS environment but is not ideal for managing secrets from other environments. AWS Secrets Manager does not have any front-end management interface for end-users besides using the AWS Console or the AWS CLI.

How Does Keeper Integrate With AWS Secrets Manager?

Keeper is focused on stopping secrets from getting compromised, and preventing failed audits. Most organizations do not provide all employees with access to the AWS console, and most organizations utilize multiple cloud environments – not just AWS. As a result, secrets can be easily scattered across multiple platforms and solutions. Secret sprawl may be occurring in Entra ID (Azure), Google Cloud, CI/CD platforms, on-prem storage, 3rd party applications and other cloud providers.

From CI/CD pipelines to Jenkins, GitHub, Terraform and even home grown applications, Keeper Secrets Manager protects all of your secrets, not just those you store in AWS.

Use Keeper to control the secrets sprawl. Store all of your secrets in the Keeper Vault, regardless of where you use them.

Keeper Secrets Manager is larger than just one vendor, it’s how you successfully pass an audit and how you protect all of your secrets, no matter their origination. KSM provides control over your secrets, integrates with many solutions, enables rotation for simpler compliance and offboarding, and enhances your organization’s overall security posture.

Keeper Secrets Manager's user interface showing devices connected to different applications.

Keeper and AWS: Side-by-Side Comparison

Keeper Secrets Manager AWS Secrets Manager

Keeper supports multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments.

Keeper’s cloud-based auditing and reporting engine is multi-cloud, native to all platforms and alerts can be pushed to Microsoft Teams, Slack or any other third-party alerting system.

Keeper is accessible through mobile apps on iOS and Android, native desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux, web-based Admin Console, Keeper Commander CLI and web browser plugins for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge.

Keeper supports provisioning of users from a vast range of sources:

  • Manual provisioning through the Admin Console
  • Single Sign-On (SAML 2.0) authentication and provisioning with Keeper SSO Connect
  • Active Directory / LDAP provisioning with the AD Bridge
  • Okta, Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD), Google Workspace, Ping, OneLogin provisioning with SCIM
  • API provisioning with SCIM
  • Email auto-provisioning
  • CLI provisioning with Commander SDK

Role-based access controls enable Keeper Secrets Manager features for specific employees.

AWS Secrets Manager only supports AWS.

AWS Secrets Manager alerts require the configuration of other services.

AWS Secrets Manager is only accessible through the AWS console or AWS CLI.

AWS Secrets Manager requires AWS IAM for user management and access control.


Keeper is natively zero trust and zero knowledge.

Each Keeper record is encrypted with an individual data key.

Keeper’s BreachWatch® provides dark web monitoring and is built into Keeper Secrets Manager.

Keeper’s secrets rotation is on demand at the record level, supports multi-cloud and covers post-rotation scripts.

Keeper’s ability to take care of additional tasks after rotation, such as restarting a service, ensures the rotation has been successful and systems are secure.

AWS Secrets Manager uses one data key for many secrets.

AWS Secrets Manager is only zero trust.

AWS Secrets Manager has no dark web monitoring for breached secrets.

AWS Secrets Manager’s secrets rotation requires the use of an AWS Lambda function and has an additional cost.

Deployment and Setup

Keeper Secrets Manager is natively built within the Admin Console for business users, providing the same user experience you’re used to with Keeper.

Keeper Secrets Manager setup is as easy as enabling the tool and creating secrets.

AWS Secrets Manager requires you to have another AWS service to manage it.

AWS Secrets Manager is only accessible in the command line so creating and storing secrets is complicated and can lead to errors and duplication, decreasing security and increasing your overall spend.

Keeper Secrets Manager setup is as easy as enabling the tool and creating secrets.

Is Keeper Secrets Manager Worth It?

Keeper Secrets Manager is the best choice because you can manage access rights and permissions with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). It automates the rotation of passwords, access keys and certificates, and allows team members to manage an unlimited number of secrets, applications and environments. KSM also provides full visibility into when records are modified, who modified them and what changes were made – providing organizations with comprehensive auditing while also ensuring compliance.

You potentially may still need to use AWS Secrets Manager, but leveraging KSM as your multi-cloud solution focused on compliance and ensuring secrets outside of AWS are secure will increase your overall security posture and eliminate secrets sprawl.

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