Styra Introduces Rego Policy Builder for Declarative Authorization Service
August 03, 2020

Styra announced Rego Policy Builder for the Styra Declarative Authorization Service (DAS).

With Rego Policy Builder, DevOps/platform teams can more easily build authorization policy in Styra DAS, with a point-and-click interface that speeds development of new rules and provides a policy interface that is easy to read.

Continuing the vision of the OPA founders, this latest enhancement to the OPA control plane empowers more teams to take advantage of the speed and security of policy-as-code for unified authorization.

The Styra DAS Rego Policy Builder provides a streamlined, graphical, purpose-built, point and click policy interface for OPA authorization rules. This visualization of policy-as-code enables DevOps, security and compliance teams to:

- Take advantage of the speed and security of OPA, without investing up-front time to learn all the details of its custom policy language.

- Speed development of sophisticated security, compliance and operational rules for modern cloud-native applications.

- More easily communicate across teams to prove that security is in place, and built as intended.

Styra DAS is the company’s turnkey control plane for OPA, which provides a unified toolset and framework for policy across the cloud native stack. Styra DAS helps enterprises set up policy-as-code guardrails for two crucial layers of the new software stack, Kubernetes and microservices, to help customers mitigate risk, reduce errors and accelerate software development. Purpose-built to deploy and manage OPA at scale, Styra DAS is a single control plane for authorization both within applications and for the infrastructure they run on.

Traditional cybersecurity solutions have been implemented by infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams. These teams are skilled at systems interoperability, network communication, as well as identifying and mitigating key risks to businesses, but coding and development aren’t typically a core part of their job. However, as network, storage and compute moves to software-defined delivery methods common to cloud-native application development, IT, I&O, security, compliance, governance and general line-of-business teams can become increasingly isolated from new technologies such as Kubernetes, microservices and other code-centric solutions.

The Styra DAS Rego Policy Builder is the latest step in bridging this gap. Styra solutions are all 100 percent policy-as-code and built on OPA, which provides developers, DevOps and platform teams the flexibility and control they need to implement guardrails in modern app environments.

Development and platform teams can still build policy directly in Rego, the OPA policy language, but this new graphical solution speeds deployment for teams less familiar with Rego’s specific syntax and eases communication with security, audit and compliance teams.

“From the first day we started building OPA, our vision was to provide unified authorization across the cloud-native stack. With this news today, we are further simplifying the on-boarding process of our policy-as-code solutions by giving teams a visual way to build authorization policy,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-creator of OPA and co-founder and CTO of Styra. “Rego Policy Builder is just the latest step in our journey towards our vision, and by democratizing policy, with a point and click interface, our customers save time, break down silos and build bridges to non development teams.”

Styra DAS Rego Policy Builder is available now to all customers.

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