STOCKHOLM, Nov-29-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Axiomatics, the leader in fine-grained dynamic authorization, today announced the availability of SmartGuard™ for Big Data 1.2, the only authorization solution that fully supports Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) for Big Data. Key enhancements include support for the SQL-on-Hadoop engine Apache Impala, as well as a new user graphical user interface (GUI) and an improved Configuration API.
“SmartGuard protects data at the source with centrally managed policies that filter and mask content according to business, security and compliance objectives for SQL-on-Hadoop engines Impala, Hive and HAWQ,” said Roger Åström, vice president of product management at Axiomatics. “The use of dynamic authorization to protect Big Data stores provides efficiency, visibility and control of user access, and ensures a streamlined approach to securing Big Data, while also sharing it with authorized users.”
In addition to Impala capabilities, Axiomatics has enhanced the user experience with a redesigned user GUI, and added a new Configuration REST API, that features fine-grained access control for API users. This usability upgrade provides an easy-to-use configuration set-up, with separate tabs for authors and administrators, and organizations now can define these user views with policies.
“SmartGuard for Big Data provides our clients an improved user experience,” said Pablo Giambiagi, vice president of strategic research at Axiomatics. “Users now have much more flexibility when it comes to protecting Big Data systems against unauthorized access and exfiltration of data.”
SmartGuard for Big Data protects Big Data at the data layer, by enforcing user access based on multiple categories of attributes, and the relationship between them. Attributes could include data classification, the purpose of use, time of day, user location, the device in use, and the user’s role or group. Complex privacy requirements, such as protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or helping to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation are supported with SmartGuard for Big Data. Dynamic authorization ensures not just the protection of critical assets and sensitive data, but it allows sharing the right data with authorized users. SmartGuard features the graphical policy editor from the flagship Axiomatics Policy Server, as well as the ability to dynamically mask, filter and redact sensitive data within policy settings. Axiomatics was named as a Sample Vendor in the dynamic data masking category in the Gartner “Hype Cycle for Application Security, 2017” report.
 Gartner, “Hype Cycle for Application Security, 2017” by Ayal Tirosh, 28 July 2017.