Welcome to Episode 54 of the Cloud Wars Horizon Minute — featuring news and commentary hosted by Acceleration Economy analyst Tom Smith. Each episode provides insights into one or more Innovation Accelerators on the Cloud Wars Horizon. This episode focuses on security startup Okera.
00:55 — Security startup Okera was founded in 2016 by a team that observed the big innovation in big data — the separation of storage and compute — that resulted in a gap in data security.
01:35 — Okera’s scalable access management platform provides integrations with Snowflake, Amazon EMR, and Databricks.
02:00 — The software discovers and classifies sensitive data.
02:20 — It manages data access policies on a platform-agnostic basis.
02:37 — The software dynamically enforces policies on a consistent basis across your cloud data warehouse, data lake, and data lakehouse.
02:48 — It audits and analyzes sensitive data usage: audit, security, and compliance teams can use the Okera self-service portal to quickly find who requested sensitive data, when it was requested, with what application, and whether the request was denied or approved.
03:10 — The company’s customers include FINRA: the quasi-governmental regulatory body that monitors 445 billion market events per day to detect and prevent fraud, abuse, and insider trading in the U.S. financial markets. That’s a big endorsement.
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