NextLabs CloudAz Product Update – February 2023
Summary of CloudAz’s 2022 releases
NextLabs CloudAz (aka Control Center) is a zero-trust unified policy platform and authorization service providing dynamic authorization and attribute-based access control (ABAC) for applications and policy enforcement points anywhere on-premises and in public, private, or hybrid cloud. It is powered by a dynamic authorization policy engine (PDP), which utilizes attribute-driven policy to determine what access rights should be granted.
CloudAz policy engine uses real-time contextual information to evaluate conditions in policy set to make authorization decision. These conditions are based on user, environment, and resource characteristics (“attributes”), which are evaluated in real-time to determine what permission a user or subject should be granted to applications, APIs / microservices, business transactions, and data. This policy engine is able to account for changes in user status or changes in the resource. For instance, if an employee moves to a different department within the company, no new policy needs to be created since policies are evaluated against the latest set of attributes without the need for manual intervention.
2022 releases include enhanced Kubernetes support to allow seamless cloud-native deployments and extended microservices support for containerized architecture to be deployed, upgraded, and scaled independently. New additions improved continuous availability of the PDP, along with PDP sidecar for microservices access enforcement. Several advanced features are added to policy administration, policy lifecycle management, and policy governance. Significant improvements are also introduced to policy obligation, attribute management, and identity provider integration. Added support for Format Preserving Encryption Key Management and Policy Validator greatly expanded security and policy testing capabilities of CloudAz.
Additional details of the enhancements and new functionalities in the CloudAz 2022 releases and its integrations are as follows: