With the Fortanix Self-Defending Key Management Service, you can offload TLS crytographic processing from your NGINX and NGINX Plus servers, and safely store your TLS keys for on-demand uploading into the NGINX Plus key-value store. We provide complete instructions for both use cases.
In high-security environments, it's important to store sensitive data like SSL certificate-key pairs in memory only, not on disk. Here we show how to generate ephemeral SSL key pairs using HashiCorp Vault and store them in the in-memory NGINX Plus key-value store.
The second post of our series about protecting SSL private keys shows how to set up HashiCorp Vault to store the passwords that protect private keys, and to configure NGINX to retrieve the passwords. We also discuss using a hardware security module for even greater security.