Okera released 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.

“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.”

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-premises infrastructure or highly technical policy grants.

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

“Organizations need a new, more nimble way to keep pace with evolving business needs while ensuring data is secured and compliant with data privacy regulations such as GDPR, LGPD, CCPA/CCRA, and more. Delivered as a SaaS solution, Okera’s offering for Snowflake makes it even easier to maximize the value of the Snowflake Data Cloud with fine-grained access control policies that are easy to understand, implement, and modify to meet the needs of all data stakeholders,” said Sanjeev Mohan, Principal, SanjMo & Former Gartner Research VP, Big Data and Advanced Analytics.

“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,“ said 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.”