Inside Aserto’s Authorization-as-a-Service Model for Identity Management


Identity security and management is a critical need for businesses with a cloud-native space. Although there are many solutions on the market, Aserto Inc. helps solve a unique problem with its authorization-as-a-service model.

“[Larger cloud vendors] focus entirely on one part: the ‘i’ part, the identity part of the problem,” said Omri Gazitt (pictured), co-founder and CEO of Aserto. “They’re completely ignoring the access management part, and you could tell that’s a bigger problem and far from fixed.”

Gazitt spoke with theCUBE Industry Analyst Keith Townsend at the recent KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe event during a exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, the live broadcast studio of SiliconANGLE Media. They discussed how Aserto helps the access management part of identity within cloud native. (*Disclosure below.)

Beyond Identity Authentication

According Gazit. Aserto picks up where this immediate authentication leaves off.

“Once you know who you are, once you’ve proven to a system that you’re Keith…what can Keith do? Gazitt said. “What roles, what permissions, what operations can Keith perform on what resources?” It’s a harder problem, and it’s the problem we’re focusing on.

What Aserto is trying to do is bring domain-specific resources to a company, according to Gazitt. An application builder has things they need access to, while someone building storage arrays or networks might need access to different things.

“You have higher level builds. So we’re basically allowing you to create this granular access control, but for your own objects,” he said.

The boundaries can extend to both private and public cloud, as Aserto’s technology lives inside the application itself. It is also capable of managing machine identities, as well as human identities.

“So the app calls us, we give you a sidecar, you deploy it right next to your app,” Gazitt said. “It gives you…sub-millisecond response time, 100% uptime. All authorization decisions are made with full context of who the user is and what resource they are trying to access.

Here is the full video interview, which is part of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE cover KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe event:

(*Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe event. Red Hat Inc., primary sponsor of theCUBE event coverage, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and other sponsors have not editorial control over the content of theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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