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Apache Kafka architecture: authentication options

An examination of authentication options for Apache Kafka

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Authentication is an important aspect of any security-conscious system. In this whitepaper, we examine some of the different authentication options available for Apache Kafka. We assess how each option works and their relative tradeoffs.

Designed to assist you in choosing the right authentication method for your Kafka solution, this whitepaper examines the following four authentication protocol implementations for Apache Kafka:

  • Kerberos
  • Oauth2
  • SCRAM
  • mTLS

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