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The application development market is moving to containerised “cloud-native” application architectures and away from monolithic apps. 

In the speed of this new world, businesses must continue to be efficient, while also mitigating risk and reducing errors.  The only answer?  Automated authorisation, or policy-as-code.

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In order to operationalize cloud-native technologies for widespread enterprise use at scale...three core challenges [Governance, security and compliance] suddenly become top of mind.

Such is the strategy of Styra, the vendor behind the open-source Open Policy Agent project. The idea of OPA is to establish a lightweight, standard approach to representing and enforcing policies across the Kubernetes landscape. Today, Styra is ramping up its efforts to commercialize OPA, offering declarative authorization for securing Kubernetes...

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Compliance Pack and Policy Stack features for Styra’s Declarative Authorization Service make it the first Kubernetes compliance-as-code solution with pre-built compliance and governance tools to meet demands of audit and regulation in production

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San Francisco, California — November 12, 2019 — Styra, Inc. the founders of Open Policy Agent and leader in cloud-native authorization, today announced it raised $14 million in series A funding, led by Accel, with participation from previous investors Unusual Ventures and A.Capital. Styra will use this new investment to support its thriving open source community centered around Open Policy Agent (OPA), and to enhance its turnkey enterprise security and compliance solutions for Kubernetes environments.

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To understand the current and future state of Kubernetes (K8s) in the enterprise, we gathered insights from IT executives at 22 companies. We asked, "What are the most common failures you see with K8s?" Typically these failures are the function of a lack of knowledge and skill, highly complex technology, lack of planning for security, and day-two operations...

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To understand the current and future state of Kubernetes (K8s) in the enterprise, we gathered insights from IT executives at 22 companies. We asked, "What are the most important elements of implementing K8s for orchestrating containers?" Here’s what we learned...

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A look at three use cases where organizations used Open Policy Agent to reliably automate cloud-based access policy control.

Every product or service has a unique way of handling policy and authorization: who-can-do-what and what-can-do-what. In the cloud-native world, authorization and policy are more complex than ever before. As the cloud-native ecosystem evolves...

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Gartner recently included container security as one of its Top 10 Security Projects for 2019. However, container technology remains something of a mystery to many cybersecurity pros.

That unfamiliarity is complicated by a lack of adequate tools on this front: ESG data says that more than 30% of security pros indicate that their organization's current security solutions don't support containers and that most of the specialized tools available...

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As founders and maintainers of the Open Policy Agent project (OPA), Teemu Koponen, Torin Sandall and I are pleased to be looking back at the project’s first three years and recognizing a significant milestone. At KubeCon in Barcelona, we were overwhelmed by support—many people and companies that we have had no interaction with were extolling the virtues of OPA Policy and claiming that OPA “was everywhere.” This followed...

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A Kubernetes-friendly compliance as code project hosted by the CNCF has caught on among large enterprises in the first half of 2019, largely through word of mouth.

An open source compliance as code project has gained a groundswell of popularity over the last six months among enterprise IT pros, who say it simplifies and standardizes Kubernetes policy management...

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Tim Hinrichs, CTO and Co-Founder of Styra and Co-Founder of Open Policy Agent, sees the world of Kubernetes security and compliance evolving rapidly. Here, he shares insights about how software development teams are “shifting security left,” focusing on prevention, rather than detection...

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To understand the current and future state of DevSecOps, we gathered insights from 29 IT professionals in 27 companies. We asked them, "What do you consider to be the most important elements of a successful DevSecOps implementation?" Here's what they told us...

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At the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019 conference this week, Styra announced it has extended the policy management engine it created for Kubernetes clusters to provide additional integrations and controls intended to advance best DevSecOps practices.

The Styra Declarative Authorization Service (DAS) is based on the open source Open Policy Agent (OPA) software the company developed...

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Policy engine Open Policy Agent, or OPA for short, has been accepted into the incubator of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The project joined the CNCF’s sandbox in March 2018 and is now expected to graduate within the next two years.

To get into the incubating stage of the CNCF, a project needs at least two members of the technical oversight committee as sponsors, and it must document that it is successfully...

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