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.
Resources for SSH Key Management
Here are some resources to help with your use of our cloud identity management platform. Learn how to:
- Configure a system to allow for SSH authentication
- Generate a SSH key pair
- SSH key fundamentals (webinar)
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.