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Key Considerations: Authorization-as-code Accelerates Policy-as-code

Before delving into why the policy-as-code approach is becoming so popular, it’s important to understand what organizations are ultimately trying to achieve.

At the end of the day, it comes down to ensuring appropriate access controls are in place so an organization’s sensitive applications and data are not exposed or compromised.

To do this effectively, leveraging attribute-based access control (ABAC) ensures dynamic authorization is done at runtime.

For many organizations, the current default method to achieve access control is to embed some security logic (likely based only on the user’s role) into the application code itself. Since most organizations now use or create upwards of hundreds of applications, developers focus on the most sensitive of them and before an application is rolled into production, manually code some form of access control.

Not surprisingly, this is problematic for several reasons.

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