ZTA and Dynamic authorization are the foundation upon which the NextLabs Data-Centric Security suite of products rests. NextLabs’ products allow our users to balance the need to share with the need to protect by allowing access to an organization’s data, network, applications, and other sensitive assets to be granted or denied dynamically in real-time. This is done through the definition and enforcement of ABAC policies utilizing attribute values, such as the user’s clearance level and assigned role, data type and classifications, and environmental attributes such as time of day and IP address. By evaluating ABAC policies dynamically at the time of access request, NextLabs allows organizations to grant fine-grained access and entitlement to resources, allowing users access to only what they need, and granting them the entitlements to only do what they should be authorized to do once they have that access.
NextLabs’ data-centric dynamic authorization system with ABAC significantly streamlines the management process. It removes the need to individually administer thousands or even hundreds of thousands of access-control lists and/or role and role assignments on a daily basis. Additionally, organizations do not need to deploy expensive and complex identity governance solutions. With ABAC, hundreds of roles can be replaced by just a few policies. These policies are managed centrally across all sensitive applications and systems, providing a single pane of glass over the “who, what, where, when, and why.” Centralized management makes it easy to add or update policies and quickly deploy them across the enterprise.
Authorization policies are managed externally from the NextLabs Control Center (CloudAz), so they can be modified without requiring code changes or application downtime. This enables organizations to react quickly to changes in business or regulatory environments, greatly increasing agility and flexibility, and enhancing overall data protection. Dynamic authorization with ABAC also provides central monitoring and tracking of user activity and data access providing compliance and security officers with insight into user behavior and suspicious activities.
NextLabs’ data-centric dynamic authorization allows organizations to implement the three principles of ZTA and is integrated into all NextLabs product lines, including:
- CloudAz, a unified policy platform that centralizes administration and utilizes the “never trust, always verify” principle, ensuring data is protected at any access point.
- Data Access Enforcer (DAE) helps enterprises protect data access from anywhere, by securing access and protecting critical data stored in databases and data lakes.
- SkyDRM ensures persistent protection of critical files and documents to protect data on the move and at rest.
- Entitlement Management / Externalized Authorization Management which can be used to secure applications, enforce data security controls, and simplify role management.