Authorization can empower your enterprise…really
Today, Axiomatics announced that we’ve introduced some new capabilities and enhancements, representing the next evolution of the Orchestrated Authorization strategy we introduced earlier this year.
For Orchestrated Authorization to be successful, we must empower every team in the enterprise to adopt a scalable, flexible, and modern approach to authorization to support a Zero Trust strategy.
When you read the word ‘empower’ in the last paragraph, you may have rolled your eyes a bit.
I don’t blame you – I think ‘empower’ is a term that is used too liberally.
I’m also aware that it might signify teams didn’t have power in the first place.
Even so, its use is appropriate here, as what we’re introducing is truly about giving more power to development teams, security and identity and access management (IAM) teams and…everyone.
With an increasing emphasis on the need to ‘shift left’, DevOps teams are under more pressure than ever to not only deliver quality applications faster, but to also consider security earlier in the development process. Neither is an easy task.
The launch of our policy testing framework serves as a connection point between IAM and DevOps, enabling developers to make broader contributions to identity-centric initiatives and cement secure development efforts. Leveraging the policy testing framework empowers DevOps to automate the testing of authorization policies without having to build their own scripts from scratch.
In return, IAM becomes an integral part of driving development forward instead of an impediment to bringing a quality application to market more quickly.
Empowering security and identity teams
In the conversations I’ve had with some of the world’s largest enterprises, it’s clear the team responsible for their IAM initiatives (be that the security or identity team) is spread thin. They are not only tasked with large transformation initiatives involving overall strategy, but many times also with fielding specific requests to enable access for particular departments, users, vendors, partners, or customers.
With the enhancements we have made to the Contextual Authorization Query, formally the Axiomatics Reverse Query, we are addressing one of the biggest priorities – and challenges – identity teams face: providing specific context around user access as part of an audit.
With Contextual Authorization Query, we’re able to take the fear out of audits by enabling identity teams to easily answer the critical question (who, what, when, where, why) when it comes to authorized access.
Additionally, Contextual Authorization Query also offers the same crucial context to identity teams as they address a more frequent task – granting access to a particular stakeholder. Having this information easily available ensures these teams are able to complete these critical daily tasks quickly and with confidence.
In that way, we’re empowering the identity team with essential context to make better access decisions and respond to audit requests confidently and more efficiently.
Anyone who’s worked with or for a security company has heard the mantra that security has to be a corporate priority; that everyone in an organization is responsible for security.
While that still rings true, it sometimes feels like lip service.
After all, someone in marketing doesn’t have the technical expertise to complete a security task (full disclosure – my marketing team agrees with me on this!).
With the introduction of our Policy Designer capabilities, we empower anyone to create a policy that will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the enterprise security or identity team.
More importantly, these newly-minted policy authors will feel confident in doing so. This empowers users outside security and IT teams to contribute to their organization’s security strategy while ensuring the strategy itself – and associated policies – are owned by identity experts.
Together, these investments further what is at the heart of our Orchestrated Authorization strategy – that authorization can’t live in silos or segments, creating conflicting policies and an inability to scale or adapt as the enterprise requires.
Instead, we’re offering what we believe is the industry’s most flexible, scalable approach to authorization that addresses the needs of the entire enterprise, from the development team to the C-suite, with a central view and overall authority residing with the identity team.
While these investments help accelerate the enterprise journey towards Orchestrated Authorization, we are just getting started. It is incumbent on us to constantly evaluate our efforts as we listen to our customers and to the market for what they need to be successful with authorization.
Our team is wholly committed to working closely with our partners and customers to ensure our leading approach to authorization offers our customers the right strategy and solution as they continue to refine and modernize their approach to access control.