Based on the Orbs documentation is seems that publishing an Orb is always global, even outside of my organization. What I had in mind when I first read about orbs was to build out a handful of parameterized build configs for all projects to reference. Our full build process is not something we can share with the world. Orbs is a really exciting feature and finally gives us a way to truly DRY up our circleci build configs. Sadly we will not be able to take advantage of it until there is a way to publish to a private registry.
[WARNING] Orbs are always world-readable All published orbs can be read and used by anyone.