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March 9, 2021

Okera Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

Universal data authorization company among top-ranked in the Security category

SAN FRANCISCO — March 9, 2021 — Okera, the universal data authorization company has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Security Companies for 2021.

The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“In 2020, the cyberattack surface increased significantly as the pandemic forced companies to rapidly accelerate digital transformation efforts and support an enterprise-wide remote work model,” said Nick Halsey, Okera CEO. “The data privacy landscape also evolved as governments around the world tightened existing regulations and introduced new laws. Okera’s inclusion in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies List reflects the success of our universal data authorization platform to solve for the missing piece in data management – enabling data-driven enterprises to automate data governance and security processes across their distributed organizations.”

The Okera Dynamic Access Platform (ODAP) automatically authorizes and audits all data requests, dynamically enforcing data security, privacy and compliance policies across all data platforms including hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Universal data authorization provides a critically important and highly performant way for organizations to protect their data, their customers, and their partners. Okera integrates seamlessly into existing data governance ecosystems ensuring organizations can easily comply with data privacy regulations regardless of their data deployment strategy.

Over the last year, demand for Okera’s solution has grown exponentially as the company has significantly expanded its partnership program and made substantial enhancements to ODAP. Okera’s latest feature, nScale™, is the industry’s first co-located deployment mode which allows fine-grained access on open distributed compute environments. This enables organizations to run secure, advanced analytics and data engineering jobs on cost-effect cloud data processing platforms.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

To coincide with the issue launch, Fast Company will host its first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9 and 10. This virtual, multi-day summit will celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends, and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online here, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning March 16, 2021. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.

About Okera

Okera, the universal data authorization company, empowers enterprises to accelerate business agility, minimize data security risks and demonstrate regulatory compliance. The Okera Dynamic Access Platform automatically authorizes and audits all data requests, dynamically enforcing data security and compliance policies across all data platforms in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Okera can be deployed into production in days, adapts to any common data authorization framework, and seamlessly integrates into existing data governance ecosystems.

The company is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, ClearSky Security, and Felicis Ventures. For more information, visit www.okera.com, contact info@okera.com, or connect with the team on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.