Conf42: Site Reliability Engineering 2021

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Keys or Certs for SSH Access? Why should I care?

Allen Vailliencourt
Solutions Engineer @ Teleport

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Today’s software developers, DevOps teams, SRE’s, and SysAdmins are familiar with the concept of public-key cryptography for gaining access to remote resources but using public and private keys has its limitations and can be difficult to scale and manage. Consider leveraging short-term certificates for SSH access over keys and rest easy!

This talk will go over the pros and cons of using keys vs certificates and how to get started using short-term certificates!

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