Secrets Manager best practices - AWS Secrets Manager

Secrets Manager best practices

The following recommendations help you to more securely use AWS Secrets Manager:

Improve performance by using client-side caching

To use your secrets most efficiently, cache your secrets on the client and update the cache when the secret changes. See Cache secrets to improve performance.

Add retries to your application

Your AWS client might see calls to Secrets Manager fail due to rate limiting. When you exceed an API request quota, Secrets Manager throttles the request. To respond, use a backoff and retry strategy. See Add retries to your application.

Mitigate the risks of logging and debugging your Lambda function

When you create a Lambda rotation function, be cautious about including debugging or logging statements in your function. These statements can cause information in your function to be written to Amazon CloudWatch, so make sure the log doesn't include any sensitive data from the secret. If you do include these statements in your code for testing and debugging, make sure you remove them before using the code in production. Also remove any logs that include sensitive information collected during development.

The Lambda functions for supported databases don't include logging and debug statements.

Mitigate the risks of using the AWS CLI to store your secrets

When you use the AWS CLI and enter commands in a command shell, there is a risk of the command history being accessed or utilities having access to your command parameters. See Mitigate the risks of using the AWS CLI to store your secrets.

Run everything in a VPC

We recommend that you run as much of your infrastructure as possible on private networks that are not accessible from the public internet. See Running everything in a VPC .

Rotate secrets on a schedule

If you don't change your secrets for a long period of time, the secrets become more likely to be compromised. We recommend that you rotate your secrets every 30 days. See Rotate AWS Secrets Manager secrets

Monitor your secrets

Monitor your secrets and log any changes to them. You can use the logs if you need to investigate any unexpected usage or change, and then you can roll back unwanted changes. You can also set automated checks for inappropriate usage of secrets and any attempts to delete secrets. See Monitor AWS Secrets Manager secrets.

Use Secrets Manager to provide credentials to Lambda functions

Use Secrets Manager to securely provide database credentials to Lambda functions without hardcoding the secrets in code or passing them through environmental variables. See How to securely provide database credentials to Lambda functions by using AWS Secrets Manager.

More resources on best practices

For more resources, see Security Pillar - AWS Well-Architected Framework.