Secrets in unsecured files. The problem is not new — it’s amplified by continuous integration and DevOps.
Software needs credentials to access resources; to communicate with databases, to obtain encryption keys, and access other services. The need for DevOps Secrets Management comes at the intersection of knowing what rights to provision, what format the software can accept, and then securely provision access rights when a human is not directly involved, without impeding velocity.
Read this paper from Securosis to learn how Secrets Management tools can solve the problem and fit perfectly within a DevOps operational model.