|Managing Pivotal GemFire / Security|
Restrict access to security configuration data by placing related properties (beginning with security-*) in a separate file.
You can move security settings that are normally configured in gemfire.properties to a separate gfsecurity.properties file. This way, you can still allow read or write access for your gemfire.properties file.
If any password-related security properties are listed in the file but have a blank value, the process will prompt the user to enter a password upon startup.