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Styra Accelerates Secure Infrastructure Deployments with Expansive Authorization Policy Toolset

Introducing the industry’s broadest policy library, Styra enables enterprises to streamline infrastructure resource deployments while ensuring security and compliance best practices

Styra, the creators and maintainers of Open Policy Agent (OPA) and leader of cloud-native authorization, introduced the industry’s broadest policy library and toolset for infrastructure to its Styra Declarative Authorization Service (DAS). To address security concerns associated with the use of containers, Styra now provides NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-190 compliant policies within its expanded library that includes hundreds of validated policies. Styra accelerates secure, compliant cloud-native infrastructure deployments, and equips enterprise platform teams to systematically deploy resources for distributed developers — saving time and resources while safeguarding security best practices.

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“Policy-as-code authorization is now an essential part of building applications and infrastructure they run on. Being able to confidently depend on pre-built policies and features is a huge advantage to getting secure infrastructure deployed securely and fast.”

As enterprises accelerate the delivery of cloud-native applications to meet business goals, platform engineering teams remain under increasing pressure to deliver secure, compliant, and operationally sound infrastructure in lock-step with developers’ needs. Often supporting hundreds or even thousands of developers, small platform engineering teams have no choice but to allow developers direct operational access to cloud and container platforms so they can launch and upgrade applications and the software-defined infrastructure their applications run on.

To ensure security, compliance, and operational health, platform engineers repeatedly write or customize software that prevents developers from making mistakes and over time build customized guardrails that automatically enforce security rules, compliance regulations, and other operational policies each time a developer makes a change. This effort is often undifferentiated heavy lifting which introduces complexity, risk, and poses a significant roadblock to on-time delivery.

During a time when enterprises can’t afford to trade off security and business time-to-market, platform engineering teams can benefit from validated building blocks, policy editing for business users, and policy-as-code guardrails to safely deliver infrastructure resources instead of building them from scratch in-house.

“As software developers race ahead with building new cloud-native applications, the pressure on platform engineering teams to rapidly configure and deploy secure environments has never been felt more acutely, especially in the face of today’s threat landscape and stringent regulatory compliance,” says Paul Foryt, Director of Product Management at Styra. “Policy-as-code authorization is now an essential part of building applications and infrastructure they run on. Being able to confidently depend on pre-built policies and features is a huge advantage to getting secure infrastructure deployed securely and fast.”

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Styra empowers platform teams managing infrastructure to:

  • Eliminate manual policy creation and systematically reduce production risks for infrastructure deployments with easy-to-deploy policy templates and editing tools.
  • Easily enforce best practices and compliance for Kubernetes clusters with NIST SP 800-190 compliant policies from Styra, plus an expansive collection of Styra validated policies for PCI DSS, MITRE ATT&CK, CIS Benchmarks, and Pod Security Compliance.
  • Deploy faster with hundreds of Styra validated AWS, Azure, GCP, and Kubernetes policies for Terraform from leading open-source tools and libraries.
  • Enforce policy guardrails on CloudFormation stacks preventing AWS resource misconfiguration in final resource change checks with the first general-purpose third-party CloudFormation hook from Styra.

Styra provides an authorization platform, built on OPA, to manage access and security controls across cloud-native infrastructure and applications. Initially focused on policy-as-code guardrails for Kubernetes, ensuring workload compliance for internal and external regulations, Styra extended its policy-based authorization to microservices, gateways, and cloud-native entitlements management. With ongoing additions to its Styra Declarative Authorization Service (DAS), the company continues to provide customers and the OPA community industry-leading enterprise authorization.

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