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centralized SSH key management solution

New effortless, painless, and keyless access

Secure your business with a proven Zero Trust key(less) management solution. Discover and manage all your SSH keys and account to mitigate risks. Reduce complexity with automation features. Migrate to keyless SSH access and never fail an IT audit again due to unmanaged SSH keys.

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DeathStar_compressed80% of your critical credentials might be out of control

SSH keys are credentials just like passwords but 10 times more common and unmanaged. We scanned a financial institution's environment. That death star is the result. Their Privileged Access Management (PAM) security controls was being bypassed left and right with unauthorized, test-to-production, and application-to-application connections.

Some key characteristics:


SSH keys don't have an identity associated with them. We can change that.

Never expire

Keys don't have a best-before date. We give them that.

One to many

One key can open connections up to hundreds of targets. We put a stop to it.

Old PAMs can't handle them

Old PAMs handle 20% of all keys - at best. We manage them all

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The proven centralized SSH key management solution

Universal SSH Key Manager® (UKM) is a Zero Trust SSH key management solution that automates governing of SSH keys according to compliance and security standards.

UKM mitigates risks, reduces key management complexity, and helps pass IT audits.



Assess your risks, discover all SSH access (automated and interactive) across your IT infrastructure, and identify all policy-violating SSH keys. Discover different types of accounts.



Implement systematic monitoring and control of your environment via centralized SSH key management. Remove encryption keys that are uncompliant, unmanaged, or bypassing your controls. 



Automate the full lifecycle of SSH keys and simplify the effort of staying compliant. Ensure all your sessions are audited, logged, and tracked.


Zero Trust

Radically reduce the overhead of managing permanent SSH keys and move to keyless, just-in-time Zero Trust access with short-lived certificates.

Compare the different UKM editions

Choose the best fitting UKM edition to manage your SSH keys.

Capability Analyze Comply & Automate Zero Trust
User Interface authentication with Windows AD, LDAP, SAMLv2
High availability
User account inventory
SSH Key inventory
Trust relationship mapping
SSH key usage
SSH access discovery (password/key/certificate)
Compliance validation: NIST, HIPAA,PCI-DSS, etc.
Compliance reporting
User key management: removal, rotation, provisioning, hardening -
Elimination of self-provisioning SSH keys -
Application-based visibility and control of user keys -
Capability Analyze Comply & Automate Zero Trust
Hostkey rotation and distribution -
SSH client/server configuration management -
Rest APIs -
GUI automation flows -
SSH access with Keyless, Certificate-based JIT authentication - -
SSH access with AD, OpenIDC, or LDAP authentication - -
SSH access with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) - -
Virus scanning and file validation on file transfers - -
Centralized SSH connection control - -
SSH session recording - -
SSH auditing with SIEM integration - -
SSH sub-protocol control, e.g. allow/deny SFTP/x11-forwarding - -

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Reduce SSH key complexity and risks with UKM

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1. Eliminate SSH key risks and attack vectors

SSH keys are complex and can easily go unmanaged. These unmanaged SSH keys are then highly sought after by malicious actors.

With UKM, you remove security risks caused by ungoverned keys that might look legitimate to your existing security controls.

Learn more about bypassing PAM with SSH keys >>>


2. Centralize & automate SSH key lifecycle management 

By default, SSH key management is decentralized and complex.

With UKM, you manage and discover all authentication keys, key configurations, and SSH login files in a centralized, universal SSH key manager. You can also automate SSH key processes, like provisioning, rotation, remediation, etc.


3. Secure and track your encrypted M2M connections

Machine-to-machine connections are not managed by PAM tools. You need a centralized SSH key management tool, like UKM, to manage your M2M connections, automate routines, track machine credentials, and audit all automated sessions.

UKM also ensures that all M2M connections meet your security policies and use compliant encryption standards and protocol versions.

Learn about the best practices for securing machine credentials in our whitepaper >>>


4. Enforce security policies and pass IT audits

UKM warns you about SSH keys that violate your policies, contravene regulations, or are used ungoverned. You can upgrade, rotate, and delete outdated keys with the option to reverse any action.

With UKM, you enforce compliant access control policies throughout your entire organization.

Learn how SSH keys can make you fail an audit >>>


5. Reduce complexity with Zero Trust keyless access

With UKM, you can maximize key lifecycle automation and radically reduce the number of SSH keys in your environment. 

UKM Zero Trust grants only just enough access (JEA), just-in-time (JIT), and with the least privilege needed to get the job done - without leaving any SSH keys behind to manage.

Learn more about keyless Zero Trust SSH access >>>


6. Choose zero-touch SSH access governance 

UKM Zero Trust makes it easy to manage your SSH keys. You can manage authentication keys in their native locations without complicated vaulting onboarding processes.

UKM Zero Trust comes with non-intrusive deployment without changes to the SSH configuration files, your existing key architecture, or application code.

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Customers love UKM Zero Trust!

Thanks to our customers, we have the Net Promoter Score (NPS) score of 71 for our UKM Zero Trust, a centralized SSH key management solution. 

Read more about our reference customers >>>

SSH is the perfect partner for us and we work very well together. The progress we have made over the past 4 years has been amazing.

Global top 10 bank IT architect

We have a very good working relationship with SSH.COM. When we have a new issue, they are able to do that quickly. When we need something, they listen.

UKM customer

UKM is very stable. It’s easy to use once you understand the concept.

UKM enterprise user

Can you monitor and detect PAM bypass and jump host bypass?
Our SSH Risk Assessment service helps you take back control.

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