1Password has released a new set of Developer Tools to improve enterprise security. The Tools will allow companies to automate and simplify their secret management procedures, while replacing passwords with stronger forms of biometric authentication.
In doing so, 1Password is hoping to discourage riskier corporate behaviors. The company cited its own Hiding in Plain Sight report, which found that more than a third (36 percent) of IT professionals will share secrets in insecure email and messenger channels. In most cases, they are doing so because it is more efficient, and allows work to get done more quickly. The majority (61 percent) of projects hit delays as a result of poor secret management, while 25 percent of IT employees have secrets stored in upwards of 10 different locations.
Of course, those kinds of practices only increase the threat of data breaches. 1Password’s Developer Tools will allow organizations to consolidate their secrets and store them in a centralized and encrypted vault to mitigate that risk. The centralized approach also allows organizations to integrate secrets more seamlessly into corporate workflows, which is to say that employees can access them regardless of their device or location.
In terms of utility, the Developer Tools can generate SSH keys, and give employees access to data through an improved command line interface. The browser version has an auto-fill feature that negates the need to enter keys manually when using sites like GitHub and Digital Ocean, while the platform as a whole supports fingerprint recognition to maintain strong security while still delivering those convenience benefits.
“Developers encounter a lot of complexity when building and deploying secure software, and it can often seem like security and convenience are irreconcilable,” said 1Password CPO and Emerging Solutions GM Akshay Bhargava. “1Password Developer Tools aims to make their lives easier by making complex security processes more convenient, and making doing the secure thing, the easy thing.”
1Password was recently valued at $6.8 billion following a $620 million round of Series C funding. The company also enabled biometric authentication for people using desktop computers in 2021.