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Managing Kubernetes Secrets: Comparing External Secrets Operator and Secrets Store CSI Driver

Starts on May 11, 2022 at 03:00 PM
Managing Kubernetes Secrets: Comparing External Secrets Operator and Secrets Store CSI Driver

About the Talk

There are many ways to keep your application API keys, tokens, and passwords confidential in Kubernetes, but choosing the right technique can feel overwhelming.

Explore the benefits of using an external secrets provider like HashiCorp Vault. We’ll compare and contrast two techniques for using Vault to store and share secrets with a Kubernetes cluster. You’ll come away from this talk with a better understanding of how to use Vault to manage secrets in Kubernetes.

What You’ll Learn

  • Benefits of using external secrets provider
  • How to use the Kubernetes External Secrets Operator with HashiCorp Vault
  • How to use the Kubernetes Secrets Store CSI Driver with HashiCorp Vault
  • Benefits and drawbacks of the External Secrets Operator and the Secrets Store CSI Driver

This Talk Is Designed For

  • Anyone interested in Kubernetes
  • Kubernetes administrators
  • Application developers who want to ensure their application secrets are secure


  • Basic knowledge of Kubernetes
  • Some familiarity with Kubernetes Secrets a plus


How To Securely Manage Secrets with HashiCorp Vault on Ubuntu 20.04

Secrets Store CSI Driver

Mount Vault Secrets through Container Storage Interface (CSI) Volume

External Secrets Operator

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About the authors
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Developer Advocate

I’m a developer advocate at DigitalOcean focusing on Kubernetes and other Cloud Native technologies

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Software Engineer 2 | Storage

I build things at DigitalOcean that make storage in the cloud work, and specifically I work with Kubernetes to enable workload orchestration.

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