Encrypting and Decrypting data using Cloud KMS

Lab Details:

  1. This lab walks you through Cloud KMS.

  2. You will encrypt and decrypt a file.

  3. Region: us-central1 

  4. Duration: 45 minutes

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What is Cloud KMS?

  • Cloud KMS is designed as a cryptographic system.

  • You can't get the keys out which means keys are locked inside the system and you need not worry about them leaking.

  • The only thing you can do with these keys is encryption, decryption, and any other cryptographic operation.

  • These keys are useful for protecting data, or even for encrypting secrets.

  • For e.g. if you want to keep a database password a secret so that you should be able to use or send it elsewhere, you can store an encrypted version, then use Cloud KMS to decrypt it.

Lab Tasks:

  1. Creating a KeyRing and Key.

  2. Encrypting the file.

  3. Decrypting the file.

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