UPDATED 09:00 EDT / JULY 20 2021


Styra adds clouds infrastructure support via Terraform

Cloud-native authorization startup Styra Inc., the founders of Open Policy Agent, today announced new cloud infrastructure support via Terraform.

The Terraform support extends Styra Declarative Authorization Service guardrails to storage, network and compute resource configuration in public clouds, including Amazon Web Services Inc., the Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Corp.’s Azure. Terraform is an infrastructure as code tool that allows users to build, change and version infrastructure safely and efficiently.

With the addition of Terraform support, Styra DAS is said to now provide a unified policy-as-code solution, built on OPA, to ensure cloud infrastructure, Kubernetes and service mesh deployments are secure and compliant. Using the combined tools, cloud and DevOps teams have a unified platform for authorization to mitigate risk, reduce human error and accelerate platform development.

The company says that by extending Styra DAS to Terraform cloud infrastructure policy, cloud and DevOps teams no longer have to manage multiple security tools or rely on best-effort manual processes. The unified platform offers authorization that’s mapped to common security standards and industry best practices.

With the combined control plane, users can eliminate ongoing management of custom tooling and speed deployment with a single policy framework for cloud infrastructure authorization. Features include the ability to manage the entire lifecycle of the cloud platform from design to deployment, eliminate policy silos with a single platform, automate configuration validation and deploy platform security based on proven standards and compliance.

“Until now, DevOps and cloud platform teams had to manage authorization, policy and configuration with disparate tools in each of their clouds, in each of their orchestration clusters, and between the microservices that comprise modern apps, ” Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and chief technology officer of Styra, said in a statement.

Noting that OPA has become the standard way to validate configuration and enforce guardrails across disparate systems, Hinrichs added that “teams need a unified solution to deploy, monitor and manage OPA at scale” across the cloud, Kubernetes and microservices, and “that’s where Styra DAS comes in.”

Bill Mann (pictured), Styra’s chief executive officer, spoke to theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s video studio, in July 2020, explaining that enterprises and vendors appear to be embracing Styra’s authorization solutions. OPA contributors now include Google LLC, Microsoft, Cisco Systems Inc. and Goldman Sachs.

“The most important part of a community is that you learn how enterprises are using your software,” Mann said. “They share ideas, they share use cases, and you’re able to innovate really fast. We want to have developers learn this now because if they can incorporate this into DevOps app stack, then in future years, when these applications are built and exposed, they’ll be more secure.”

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