Okera Enhances Access Control for Unstructured Data

March 8, 2019

Okera unveiled the industry's first fine-grained access control for unstructured and structured data on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) data lakes. Leading media and analyst firms estimate unstructured data accounts for up to 80% of all data globally. Until now, analyzing this unstructured data often introduced GDPR and CCPA compliance liabilities. Okera's new fine-grained access control (FGAC) for unstructured data eliminates this risk by enabling a single set of policies to govern how users of analytics and BI tools access both structured and unstructured data.

"Enterprises that rely on data lakes to power their business need a unified platform to manage access control at different granularities for both structured and unstructured data - a request that's been echoed by Okera customers," said Amandeep Khurana, Okera CEO and co-founder. "Beyond making life easier for data stewards, a single platform for data access enables data users to work with their existing applications in BI, Machine Learning, and other workloads without any changes."

Unstructured data introduces unique access management challenges for data stewards responsible for protecting personally identifiable information (PII). These challenges limit what you can do with popular tools such as Python and Amazon Sagemaker. Okera's new capability extends the company's industry-leading access control capabilities so customers can access and analyze unstructured data - with the same degree of security and control previously available only for structured data. This empowers enterprises to get value out of a larger set of their data assets in a secure, governed and responsible manner, adhering to existing and upcoming regulations such as GDPR and CCPA.

Okera helps enterprises do more with their data without compromising on governance, compliance, or security by delivering unified schemas, access control, and governance for Amazon S3 data lakes. Okera's Active Data Access Platform (ODAP) provides industry-leading, dynamic access control capabilities such as real-time tokenization, redaction, and row-level filtering required by emerging regulations, such as GDPR and CCPA, uniformly across popular analytics tools, including Amazon EMR, Hive, Presto, and Spark, and leading BI tools like Tableau, Birst, and Qlik.

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