As software delivery becomes more sophisticated, Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) practices are essential to maintain a consistent and efficient development lifecycle. One platform facilitating this process is, a CI/CD tool enabling developers to automate their workflows and enhance productivity.

As we increase software deployments via automation, there's an associated risk of vulnerabilities and breaches. Thus, it's imperative to secure your CI/CD pipeline. This article aims to provide key steps to enhance security when using in your CI/CD pipeline. Security Features offers several built-in features that can assist you in securing your CI/CD pipelines:

Pipeline Activity Logs

CI/CD pipeline activity logs, also known as audit logs or event logs, are records of all events and activities that happen within a CI/CD pipeline.

When a CI/CD tool like executes the various stages of the pipeline, such as build, test, and deploy, it generates a log of each action. These logs can include information like who triggered the pipeline, what changes were made, when the changes occurred, which jobs were run, and the outcome of each job.

These activity logs serve several purposes:

  • Troubleshooting: Logs can be invaluable in diagnosing and debugging when things go wrong in a CI/CD pipeline. They can help identify which step failed and why.
  • Auditing: They provide a trail of actions for auditing purposes. Organizations can review logs to ensure compliance with internal policies or external regulations.
  • Security: Logs can also be used for security monitoring. Unusual patterns in activity logs can indicate potential security issues, such as unauthorized access or attempts to alter the pipeline maliciously.

    Activity logs can be obtained from your CI/CD pipeline, and they record every action within your pipeline. This helps monitor your pipeline's activity, making it easier to detect and address potential security threats.


Secrets Management provides a secure method to store, manage, and use sensitive data (like API keys or credentials and database endpoints) within your CI/CD pipeline.

What are Secrets and Configs?

Secrets are sensitive data such as passwords, API keys, or credentials that should not be exposed in your codebase or version control system. Configs, on the other hand, are tuneable parameters of your application that can vary across different environments. Secrets and Configs Management provides a robust mechanism to manage secrets and configurations securely within your CI/CD pipeline:

  1. Secure Storage: allows you to store secrets securely, keeping them out of your codebase. This prevents secrets from being exposed in log outputs or version control systems.
  2. Environment Configurations: With, you can maintain different sets of configurations for different environments, such as development, testing, and production. This enables a clear separation of concerns and reduces the risk of misconfigurations that could lead to security vulnerabilities.
version: "1"
# setup aws ecs fargate infrastructure
  - name: setup-aws-ecs-fargate:0.3.0
    run: ./node_modules/.bin/ts-node /ops/src/setup.ts
    description: "setup an environment"
    # environment variables 
    # add static env vars
        - STACK_TYPE=aws-ecs-fargate
        - AWS_REGION=us-west-1
        - JSII_DEPRECATED=quiet
      # add and store aws secrets
      # pass environment host and database configurations

Above is a sample configuration of using Configs and Secrets in

Securing Your Pipeline with Secrets and Configs

Below are some best practices for managing secrets and configurations in your CI/CD pipeline using

Store Secrets Securely

Use's secrets management feature to store all sensitive information. This keeps these secrets out of your codebase and prevents them from being inadvertently exposed.

Never Hardcode Secrets

Never hardcode secrets in your application code or configuration files. Hardcoded secrets can easily be exposed or leaked, leading to serious security risks.

Use Environment-Specific Configurations

Use different sets of configurations for different environments. This ensures that testing or development configurations (which might be less secure) do not accidentally get deployed into your production environment.

Keep Secrets and Configs Updated

Regularly update your secrets and configurations, particularly if you suspect a breach. Regular updates help ensure the security of your pipeline.

Limit Access to Secrets and Configurations

Only grant access to secrets and configurations to those who need it. Following the principle of least privilege can significantly enhance the security of your CI/CD pipeline.

In conclusion, managing secrets and configurations correctly is a key part of securing your CI/CD pipeline. By using's robust secrets and configurations management features, you can ensure the security of your pipeline while still enjoying the benefits of CI/CD automation. Remember, security is not a one-off task but a continuous process that should always be part of your development workflow.

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