Coinbase has announced public access to their internal security scaling tool, Salus. The automated tool is aptly named after the Roman goddess of safety and well-being. Here’s how Salus by Coinbase works.
A Secure Exchange
Coinbase is one of the most secure cryptocurrency exchanges.
More specifically, Coinbase relies upon a combination of human-run reviews and automated scans for security audits. When they reach a roadblock which requires tools that do not exist, they develop the tools they need. This is how they developed Salus.
Introducing Salus By Coinbase
Today we’re open sourcing Salus, a tool we use at Coinbase to coordinate security scanning across our services. If you run a CI/CD pipeline for fast-moving development, you may want to check it out. https://t.co/jXNSkDIOOG
— Coinbase (@coinbase) October 18, 2018
On Twitter, Coinbase describes Salus as “a tool we use at Coinbase to coordinate security scanning across our services.” This means that it does two things: It chooses which security scanners to use and creates a report that includes all of a business’ security-related data related.
First, anytime there is an update to security procedures or functions, it acts as a centralized tool which executes the update in all areas. For instance, an operation may have multiple scanners for different purposes. When the Salus container is updated, all scanners exhibit the changes. If there is an issue, the build will fail and indicate a required fix.
And second, it puts together reports for each scanner. This new development makes it easier to enforce security protocols across the board. Rather than relying upon multiple scanners for different reasons, this scanner governs everything to ensure it all meets security standards.
Furthermore, it ensures all production deployments are as secure and efficient as possible. This software eliminates the possibility for human error.
Salus Is Open Source on GitHub
Coinbase just made Salus open-source on their GitHub. This means that companies from all industries can use this protocol to make security scalable. And not only does Salut coordinate security scanners across different aspects of a business, but it compiles a security report.