Terraform is the de facto tool if you work with infrastructure as code (IaC). Regardless of the resource provider, it allows your organization to work with all of them simultaneously. One unquestionable aspect is Terraform security, since any configuration error can affect the entire infrastructure.
In this article we want to explain the benefits of using Terraform, and provide guidance for using Terraform in a secure way by reference to some security best practices.
Terraform is an open source infrastructure as code software tool that enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and destroy infrastructure. We can address the ongoing challenge of securely managing access credentials for cloud resources provisioned using Terraform.
We could now initialize the project with terraform init, provisioning the nginx server container with terraform apply (remember to check if everything is working, and destroy the nginx web server with terraform destroy
Terraform relies on access keys and secret keys to authenticate with cloud providers and provision resources on behalf of users. In this example, no authentication was required, but most providers require credentials in some or other way. Storing credentials insecurely can lead to security vulnerabilities such as unauthorized access and data breaches. One location to be concerned with is storing credentials in Terraform state files.