Styra | July 18, 2022
Styra, Inc., the creators and maintainers of Open Policy Agent (OPA) and leader of cloud-native authorization, today announced Styra Run. Designed for application development teams, this new OPA-based authorization service provides enterprise-grade authorization to developers via a simple drop-in API, allowing teams to accelerate time to market, remove ongoing maintenance demands and improve end user experience.
Styra Run, using OPA, is the first cloud-hosted application authorization service to completely decouple policy logic and data from the underlying application. This turnkey service frees software developers from the complex, time-consuming tasks of building, maintaining and operating their own authorization capabilities, collaboration features and permissions for each of their applications.
Styra Run features:
Seamless integration into the application UI, API, and data layer
Offloaded storage and global replication of end-user permissions data
Pre-built OPA logic for application authorization use cases like adding sharing capabilities for consumer apps or team-based controls for enterprise apps
“Styra Run revolutionizes the way that app developers think about and implement authorization for end-users,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO of Styra “Every app on the planet has permissions, access control, sharing or other authorization built in. But by eliminating the need to constantly recreate authorization in each application, Styra Run improves time to market and quality, and provides better features than teams would build themselves. Similar to how ‘Sign in with Google’ eliminated the need for local user identity and passwords, Styra Run eliminates the need for custom built-per-app permission systems, so app developers and product teams can focus on better features and end-user experience.”
“Styra Run revolutionizes the way that app developers think about and implement authorization for end-users,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO of Styra
Styra Run is hosted, managed and maintained by Styra and is developed by OPA’s creators. OPA is the de facto standard for authorization in the cloud-native environment with over 130M downloads to date, and is used by global organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Atlassian and Pinterest.
The current state of SaaS authorization
Before Styra Run, access control functionality — such as defining who can edit a document, see photos or create new users within an application — had to be implemented differently for every application, based on the application’s particular coding language and database type.
Authorization controls are considered a tier-0 service and thus require high availability, very low latency, global replication and strict consistency guarantees. Building a solution that meets these demands typically requires 6-18 months of work by a team of specialists. Once built, the authorization system must be maintained, upgraded and patched throughout the entire application lifecycle.
Styra Run eliminates the need for custom authorization deployment
Styra Run provides customers an enterprise-grade authorization service, available via simple drop-in APIs, for companies who build and manage SaaS applications. This service allows end users to control their own account and access permissions, and as such is equally valuable in both consumer and business applications.
With Styra Run, organizations can:
Speed up time-to-production with a turnkey approach to authorization system development
Avoid re-building authorization as SaaS application requirements change
Remove the operational burden of replicating permissions data across the world
Implement immediate permission updating and access for near-zero latency across all users
“We heard firsthand from the OPA community and Styra customers that users needed a faster and better way to implement authorization for multi-tenant SaaS apps – both B2B and B2C,” said Torin Sandall, VP of Open Source at Styra. “OPA already solves the policy logic problem, but the community still needed a way to manage the contextual data that’s required for access decisions — like which roles, groups and permissions should be available to end users. We worked with the OPA community to combine hosted OPA logic, with contextual data management, to give developers a turnkey access control and authorization service that provides immediate, global policy across all their end users.”
Styra Run is currently available in private Beta. Those interested in integrating Styra Run into their SaaS application, or using a pre-built sample app for sandbox exploration should contact Styra.
Styra enables enterprises to define, enforce and monitor policy across their cloud-native environments. With a combination of open source (Open Policy Agent) and commercial products (Declarative Authorization Service), Styra provides security, operations and compliance guardrails to protect applications, as well as the infrastructure they run on. Styra policy-as-code approach lets developers, DevOps, and security teams mitigate risks, reduce human error and accelerate application development. Learn more at Styra.
BDA | July 25, 2022
The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) is proud to support the 60th annual Florida Insurance Council (FIC) Summer Symposium on July 26-28, in Orlando, Florida.
The FIC programme will include state legislators, the Office of Insurance Regulation and other industry speakers including BDA Chair, Stephen Weinstein and BDA CEO, David Hart.
Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration."
Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration. Today, Bermuda (re)insurers provide over 60% of the hurricane reinsurance in Florida, support efforts to reform and strengthen Florida’s insurance market, and invest in and share cutting edge science to boost hurricane resilience and promote mitigation. Over 30 years, the Bermuda and Florida markets have tackled many challenges together and shared many successes. We look forward to seeing so many business, legislative, and regulatory leaders in person over the course of FIC’s outstanding programme, and exploring the next cycle of growth in our partnership.”
Mr. Hart said, “As a sixth generation Floridian, I have seen first-hand the benefits that Bermuda’s (re)insurance market offers Florida’s economy, and I am proud to represent Bermuda and the BDA at the FIC’s Summer Symposium. As we enter peak hurricane season, our Chair and I will highlight Bermuda’s continued value proposition as the world’s risk capital to the largest gathering of Florida’s domestic insurers. We thank FIC President, Cecil Pearce, for the speaking invitation and look forward to a large gathering of Florida-based companies and executives visiting us for our second annual Bermuda Risk Summit being held at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on March 6-8, 2023.”
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Styra | July 08, 2022
Styra, Inc., the creators and maintainers of Open Policy Agent (OPA) and leader of cloud-native authorization, has announced that it was named an “Outperformer” by GigaOm in its “2022 GigaOm Radar Report: Policy-As-Code Solutions.” The comprehensive industry report recognizes the company’s impactful role in defining the policy-as-code category and awarded Styra DAS high marks for its SaaS and self-hosted deployment models, authorization policies and policy generator, support for OPA as well as its scalability and usability.
According to the report:
“New vendors focused purely on policy management and decision making, such as Styra, are emerging to help redefine the category.”
With OPA, “It feels as if this approach toward a generic policy language instead of a domain-specific language is continuing to grow in this space.”
“Styra focuses on policy management, lifecycle, and decision making and it supports Rego. Extensions from the community at large can enable Styra DAS to be an effective one-stop policy as code solution. Between OPA and Styra DAS users can effectively scale to ensure that decisions can be continuously made in the event of a central control plane outage.”
“We are honored to be named an ‘outperformer’ by GigaOm for our product capabilities in its recent Policy-As-Code Radar,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO at Styra. “This report shows the widespread market need as well as the accelerated growth of the category over the past few years. We’ve implemented a policy-as-code approach from day one with OPA, and this new recognition, combined with our recent ‘Outstanding in Microservices’ accolade from KuppingerCole Analysts' 2022 Policy Based Access Management Market Compass, proves that Styra and OPA are at the forefront of policy-as-code and authorization.”
“We are honored to be named an ‘outperformer’ by GigaOm for our product capabilities in its recent Policy-As-Code Radar,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO at Styra.
To determine the results for this report, GigaOm analysts reviewed and scored the top policy-as-code solution providers using the GigaOm Radar. This tool provides an overview of a particular market segment and characterizes each vendor on two axes — Maturity versus Innovation as well as Feature Play versus Platform Play. The analysis of available technologies focuses on features and capabilities, impact on the customer organization, and ratings. The results reflect how well a vendor meets key solution criteria and aligns with growing technology trends over the next 12-18 months. Styra is projected to move from the “Challenger” tier to the “Leader” tier over this timeframe. This projection is based on increased maturity as well as anticipation of a broader platform focus and commitment to a comprehensive feature set.
“As reflected in the Radar Report on Policy-As-Code Solutions, Styra has a strong market standing and continues to bring innovation to its industry category,” said Shea Stewart, analyst at GigaOm. “As Styra continues to evolve, extensions from the community at large can enable Styra to be an effective one-stop policy as code solution for enterprises of all sizes that will scale as they continue to grow.”
To read the full 2022 GigaOm Radar Report on Policy-As-Code Solutions, visit here, or to learn more about cloud-native authorization with Styra, please visit here.
Styra enables enterprises to define, enforce and monitor policy across their cloud-native environments. With a combination of open source (Open Policy Agent) and commercial products (Declarative Authorization Service), Styra provides security, operations and compliance guardrails to protect applications, as well as the infrastructure they run on. Styra policy-as-code approach lets developers, DevOps, and security teams mitigate risks, reduce human error and accelerate application development. Learn more at https://styra.com.