Okera Adds Visual, Natural Language Policy Creation Workflow to Data Lake Security And Governance Platform 

Okera, an active data management company for data lake security and governance, has announced the Okera Policy Builder, a new feature of the company’s data lake security and governance platform that enables data stewards and governance teams to easily create and manage fine-grained access control (FGAC) policies.

With the Okera Policy Builder, enterprises can better protect their data and ensure regulatory compliance by enabling those who understand data access requirements to easily implement and manage the policies consistently across the organization.

According to Okera, policy management workflow has traditionally been a painful experience for most data stewards and data security and governance teams, often requiring the involvement of system admins or engineers to actually run the policies. This limits the ability to get a comprehensive view of access policies across the enterprise and leads to workflow chokepoints and greater potential for errors and inconsistency—and altogether impossible to manage at scale. 

The new feature enables data stewards and governance teams, who are responsible for the organizations’ data access requirements, to easily create and manage access policies using natural language prompts and drop-down selection. This ensures the consistent, accurate application of access control policies across the organization. The Okera Policy Builder also includes easy verification of policy creation, as well as comprehensive auditing of the policies in place and usage of the data.

“The complexity and limitations of today’s workflow management solutions mean those who are closest to the data can’t implement and track the policies, which increases security and compliance risks,” said Nong Li, Okera CEO and co-founder. “Okera’s Policy Builder enables data stewards and governance teams to easily create and manage fine-grained access controls, ensuring consistency, reducing errors, and enabling the enterprise to better protect its data and comply with evolving privacy regulations.”

The Okera Policy Builder includes visual policy definition with natural language prompts; graphical verification of policies; and comprehensive auditing of policies and access grants.

Okera is a technology-agnostic layer that exists between data lakes of petabyte-scale and any connected analytics tools and frameworks. As a result, Okera facilitates the provisioning, access, governance, and auditing of data across multi-data format and multi-tool environments. Okera ensures data platform teams maintain data protection at scale while data scientists and analysts achieve faster time to access, eliminating the trade-off between agility and governance.

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