Microservices Authorization

Implement fine-grained policy-based control for microservices APIs and users.

Authorization Built for
Speed-to-Market and Security

Passing security and compliance checks while meeting software production deadlines leaves no room for reimplementing authorization for rewritten legacy applications or for hardcoding policy into each new microservice.

For microservices applications, enterprises need best-in-class authorization that delivers smoother DevSecOps processes, shorter time-to-production, successful security audits and clockwork-like updates, and provides fine-grained authorization policies with the enterprise identity information.

Streamline Policy
Implementation as You Rewrite Apps to Microservices

Standardize implementation of granular, context-rich policy and manage it across the microservice lifecycle.

With OPA– the industry’s leading open-source policy-as-code engine– as a foundation, Styra allows development teams to fully decouple policy logic from application code to eliminate the painful overhead of hardcoding policies for each new application.

Every application is unique, so authorization controls need to be easily customizable. Take advantage of the flexibility Styra offers in applying any combination of ABAC, RBAC, and static policy that best fits the application’s architecture and functionality.

Easily Control Access to APIs

Authorization needs to govern how services interact with one another (east-west traffic) in addition to who has access to applications APIs (north-south traffic). A consistent approach to each of these challenges offers developers the ability to ensure applications are compliant and allows platform teams consistency across applications.

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Simplify Microservices
Policy Orchestration

Author, distribute, monitor and audit controls for fine-grained authorization via a single control plane.

Rebuilding and editing authorization policy for microservices is difficult. Streamline policy lifecycle management so you can see detailed insights into how a policy will impact your service, and easily flag violations early in the software development lifecycle.

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Fortify Your Zero
Trust Security Strategy

Styra provides defense in depth by applying granular authorization controls across application components and infrastructure layers of the cloud native stack. With Styra, all of these endpoints can perform continuous authorization checks based on contextual data, which is a critical part of a comprehensive Zero Trust security approach. 

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Apply Authorization to Leading Gateways and Service Meshes

Microservices environments comprise a myriad of APIs and network traffic flows, all of which need to be governed by authorization in order to establish application reliability and security.

Because cloud-native success is built on freedom of choice and flexible use of microservice components, Styra partners with leading cloud-native technology vendors and offers our users native support for Kong Mesh, Kuma, Istio, and Envoy.

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What’s the difference between RBAC, ABAC and PBAC?

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is designed around the concept of “roles” which embody different sets of permissions for various users and groups. Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC), is an extension of RBAC concepts, and adds “attributes” as additional metadata for making policy decisions. Attributes can be applied to subjects, resources and actions being taken on resources. Policy-Based Access Control (PBAC) is a rough synonym of ABAC.

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