This week we'll begin with Vault's core feature set. Vault is an identity-based secret and encryption management system. We'll see that a secret is anything that you want to tightly control access to, such as API encryption keys, passwords, or certificates. Then you will learn about authentication and authorization methods. All of Vault's features are available through the UI, the CLI, or an HTTP API. Feel free to explore all the different ways to access secrets, along with the varying authentication and authorization methods.
We'll explore horizontal scaling with performance standby nodes and how they are used as a centralized secrets store with localized differences such as policies. Speaking of policies, you'll have an opportunity to craft some and learn how they are used with Vault's identity-based structure. Multi-factor authentication and the SSH secrets engine round out our week.