SSH Key Management Without the Hassle

Written by Rajat Bhargava on September 5, 2019

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The overhead of using SSH keys is one of the reasons that organizations shy away from using them. However, that can be a big mistake with respect to security. Even AWS has instituted mandatory SSH keys to access their cloud servers.

Why So Much Hassle with SSH Keys?

SSH keys are one of the strongest mechanisms for controlling access to IT resources. The admin creates a public/private key pair. The user guards the private key by keeping it with them on their machine at all times, but they can freely share the public key. The public key, when paired with the private key, creates a match thus enabling access to a system.

The headache and hassle comes in when there are a significant number of users with SSH keys that need to access systems. IT admins quickly are in the middle of distributing public keys to systems to facilitate access.

Better Way to Manage SSH Keys

JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® takes the heavy lifting off of your hands when managing SSH keys. Your users can self manage multiple SSH key pairs, increasing security, and saving you time.

Want to try it out? Sign up for a free JumpCloud account and get started today!

Resources for SSH Key Management

Here are some resources to help with your use of our cloud identity management platform. Learn how to:

Learn More About JumpCloud

As your organization thinks about how to increase the security of their user management systems, learn more about how you can leverage SSH keys. As well, you can find an easier way to manage the complexity of SSH keys with JumpCloud’s cloud directory service.

Feel free to sign-up for a free account and check out our SSH key management functionality. Your first 10 users are free forever.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is an entrepreneur, investor, author, and CEO and co-founder of JumpCloud. An MIT graduate with over two decades of high-tech experience, Rajat is a ten-time entrepreneur with six exits including two IPOs and four trade sales.

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