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New Open Source Identity Standard and Policy Orchestration Software Enables Multi-Cloud Access Policy Management

New Open Source Identity Standard and Policy Orchestration Software Enables Multi-Cloud Access Policy Management
Hexa Open Source Project Enables Consistent Multi-cloud Identity and Policy Orchestration using the New Identity Query Language (IDQL) Standard

Strata Identity, the Identity Orchestration for multi-cloud company, announced the availability of an open source project that enables organizations to use cloud platforms like Azure, AWS, and Google and apply consistent access policy across any applications on whatever cloud. IDQL is a new common policy format used to define identity access policies in a declarative way.

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Currently, each cloud platform (AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure, etc.) uses a proprietary identity system with its own policy language, all of which are incompatible with each other. Meanwhile, each application must be hardcoded to work with a specific identity system. According to the 2022 State of Multi-Cloud Identity report published last week, this is a major challenge for organizations, with only 25% of respondents stating that they have visibility into multi-cloud access policies.

IDQL and Hexa enable any number of identity systems to work together as a unified whole, without making any changes to them or to applications.

Hexa abstracts identity and access policy from cloud platforms, authorization systems, data resources, and zero trust networks. It discovers what policies exist, then translates them from their native policy syntax into the generic, IDQL declarative policy. Finally, Hexa orchestrates policies across cloud systems and the technology stack including apps, data resources, platforms and networks.

One working group member in particular understands the need to unify policy orchestration from the application to the network layer. “IDQL and Hexa provide the necessary framework for linking identity and policy to the Zero Trust standards being developed at MEF today,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO of MEF. “MEF is proud to be an early supporter of IDQL and Hexa and we look forward to collaborating further in the future.”

IDQL and Hexa were created by some of the co-authors of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), the global federated identity and SSO standard that allows internet users to move between federated websites without re-entering their credentials.

“Just as Kubernetes transformed computing by allowing applications to transparently move from one machine to another, IDQL enables access policies to move freely between proprietary identity systems,” said Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity and one of the co-authors of the SAML standard. “IDQL and Hexa eliminate identity silos in the cloud and on-premises, by creating an intelligent, distributed identity system with one brain.”

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