Password manager provider Bitwarden is launching the open beta of Bitwarden Secrets Manager, a new tool designed to centrally secure and manage sensitive authentication credentials within privileged developer and DevOps environments.
According to the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company, the new tool can help development teams working across applications and multi-cloud infrastructures dealing with distributed secrets such as API tokens, keys, passwords, credentials, certificates and more.
The Bitwarden Secrets Manager gives developers, DevOps and IT teams a single and convenient way to secure and manage secrets, the company says. The beta version is built on the same open-source, zero-knowledge end-to-end encryption foundation featured in the company’s password management offering.
During the beta, users can explore early features of Bitwarden Secrets Manager, such as the ability to create and manage secrets and projects, SDK and CLI tools, GitHub Actions integration and others.
The company cites a GitLab report that found that 18% of projects hosted on GitLab were vulnerable to leaked secrets. Bitwarden also cites another GitGuardian report found that 5 million credentials and other secrets get leaked on GitHub every year.
“Existing solutions have steep learning curves and are unwieldy for many teams,” the company says in its announcement. “The implications are serious.”
The beta release of Bitwarden Secrets Manager comes after the company acquired Passwordless.dev, a tool that enables developers to integrate passwordless authentication and passkeys into their software. This is also in beta, according to the company.
Bitwarden’s new release also comes as password management provider and competitor LastPass deals with the fallout from a breach in which a senior DevOps engineer’s home computer was targeted by an attacker to steal credentials.
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