Okera has announced the immediate availability of Okera on Snowflake, a new software as a service (SaaS) offering for the Snowflake Data Cloud. Leveraging the new SaaS solution, non-technical data stakeholders in business, security, and compliance can collaborate with a significantly smaller data engineering team to define data access control policies, validate that data policies are implemented as intended, and self-serve their own data privacy compliance reports and real-time analytics.

Okera helps modern, data-driven enterprises accelerate innovation, minimize data security risks, and demonstrate regulatory compliance. The Okera Dynamic Access Platform automatically enforces universal fine-grained access control policies. This allows employees, customers, and partners to use data responsibly, while protecting them from inappropriately accessing data that is confidential, personally identifiable, or regulated.

“Data governance remains a top priority for modern data-driven organizations who rely on their information assets to gain a competitive advantage,” said Saqib Mustafa, global head of partner marketing at Snowflake. “Our partnership with Okera enables data-driven organizations to leverage Snowflake’s native Data Access Governance capabilities and do so in a collaborative platform that makes it easy for all data stakeholders to participate in the definition, validation, and updates to centralized and distributed data access policies.”

“As a Snowflake Data Governance Accelerated partner, Okera is committed to helping data teams deliver business value faster and more confidently, while permitting data security and privacy teams to validate the appropriate security mandates and that data privacy regulations are implemented as intended,“ added Nong Li, CEO and co-founder of Okera. “As organizations continue to embark on their digital journeys, proper data governance becomes paramount. The Okera offering for Snowflake was designed to empower data-driven organizations while safeguarding against inappropriate data usage.”

According to Okera, most security-minded organizations are well-equipped to secure data at-rest and data in-transit. Okera secures data in use, so the large investments in big data analytics and data science yield faster, recurring business value. Now delivered as a SaaS offering, Okera and Snowflake allow organizations to focus their efforts on delivering data-driven applications and insights, rather than managing on-premise infrastructure or highly technical policy grants.

Using Okera, the company says, universal data authorization policies are automatically materialized as Snowflake data access governance controls for native enforcement. Okera-authored policies are automatically implemented, allowing direct access with Snowsight or SnowSQL CLI, or via indirect access through a BI dashboard or reporting tool.