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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.2

Chamber
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Description: Chamber is a technology for managing secrets in Amazon Simple Systems Manager (SSM) Parameter Store, an Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) service for storing secrets. Chamber allows developers and coders to communicate with AWS SSM Parameter Store in a consistent and secure manner. By allowing developers to use the same features that run-in production, we decrease the number of differences between code running in development with staging and production. Chamber also leverages Parameter Store`s built in search and history mechanisms to implement the list and history subcommands. All strings stored in Parameter Store are automatically versioned.

Using chamber requires you to be running in an environment with an authenticated AWS user (Cloud technology) which has the appropriate permission to read and write values to SSM Parameter Store. This is going to vary based on your organization, but chamber needs AWS credentials to run.

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Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v23.1
Decision Date: 01/20/2023 at 16:38:09 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Segment
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (01/20/2023 at 16:38:09 UTC).