Google Cloud Key Management

  • The Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) is a cloud-hosted key management service that enables you to manage encryption keys on the Google Cloud Platform.

Features

  • Lets you manage your symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic keys the same way you manage them in an on-premises environment.
  • You can decide to use the keys generated by Cloud KMS with other Google Cloud services. These keys are known as customer-managed encryption keys (CMEK).
  • Can use external KMS to protect your data in Google Cloud and separate data from key.
  • You can generate a new key version for your symmetric keys automatically at a fixed time interval when you set a rotation schedule for your keys.
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  • Encrypt Kubernetes secrets in GKE with keys you manage in Cloud KMS. Moreover, you can store API keys, passwords, certificates, and other sensitive information with the Secret Manager storage system.

Pricing

  • Cloud KMS pricing is based on:
    • the number of active key versions
    • the protection level on the key versions
    • usage rate for key operations.

References:
https://cloud.google.com/security-key-management
https://cloud.google.com/security/key-management-deep-dive

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