Immuta and Starburst Expand Partnership to Meet Demands for Secure Data Access

BOSTON, May 5, 2022 – Immuta, the leading provider of data access and data security, today announced an expanded partnership with Starburst, the analytics anywhere company, to address growing data access control and security demands for modern data architectures. The Immuta plugin, now shipping with every Starburst Enterprise instance, allows seamless integration with a customer’s Immuta installation. The partnership enables organizations to maximize the power and flexibility of data mesh architectures with fast, secure data access.

Faced with a growing number of data sources and increased agility demands, more organizations are adopting domain-driven data ownership and architectures (data mesh) to manage their data and analytics. However, the decentralized nature of a data mesh can make consistent data access control and policy enforcement difficult for organizations to manage at scale. The simplified, built-in support for Immuta enables Starburst users across any domain to query data from any platform or cloud through Starburst Enterprise. With Immuta enforcing data access policies at runtime, customers can access valuable data faster, while having the confidence that they’re adhering to business and regulatory policies with comprehensive and easy-to-use access controls.

“We’re seeing more organizations adopt a data mesh architecture to reduce pipeline complexity and make data infrastructure more flexible and agile, but key challenges around secure access and governance remain,” said Steven Touw, co-founder and chief technology officer at Immuta. “As part of our continued support for the data mesh vision, this enhanced integration with Starburst arms users with the necessary tools to scale secure data access and policy management through automation, increase agility across teams by empowering more stakeholders to manage policy, and easily prove compliant data use at any time. This is an important step towards delivering more value from even the most sensitive data.”

Key capabilities of Immuta, which an integration plugin now ships with every Starburst Enterprise instance, include:

  • Scalable attribute-based access control (ABAC) leverages user/subject attributes and metadata to create context-based access decisions at query time. Data teams can author policies in plain English, giving stakeholders better visibility into how data is protected.
  • Sensitive data discovery and classification gives users access to over 60 prebuilt classifiers, as well as the ability to build custom tags that map to specific data privacy laws. This makes it easier for stakeholders across functions to inspect and approve tags, streamlining certification workflows.
  • Data policy enforcement and auditing automates access control implementation at query time with no impact to user workflows, while providing unified data access logs that show how data is requested, accessed, and used. Immuta also enables organizations using service accounts from BI dashboards to impersonate end users in order to restrict access with no impact to the user or risk of a data leak.
  • Advanced policy building and dynamic data masking through techniques like privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) enables data teams to easily limit data use for specific purposes to ensure secure data collaboration. Immuta allows users to implement both global and local policies, so that data and data platform owners can control access to data.

“Customers rely on Starburst as the analytics engine for all their distributed, decentralized data, but as data sources and volumes increase, creating data access policies and enforcing them across the enterprise presents a major challenge,” said Matt Fuller, Co-founder and VP of Product at Starburst. “By integrating Immuta’s data security capabilities with Starburst, organizations can ensure that the right people are able to access the right data at the right time. Expanding this partnership with Immuta will enable organizations to deliver faster, safer, more cost-effective data analytics wherever their data resides.”

To learn more about simplifying policy enforcement for your data mesh with Starburst Enterprise and Immuta, see this joint blog.

About Immuta

Immuta is the market leader in Data Access, providing data teams one universal platform to control access to analytical data sets in the cloud. Only Immuta can automate access to data by discovering, protecting, and monitoring data. Data-driven organizations around the world trust Immuta to speed time to data, safely share more data with more users, and mitigate the risk of data leaks and breaches. Founded in 2015, Immuta is headquartered in Boston, MA. To learn more about Immuta careers, click here.

About Starburst

Starburst is the analytics engine for all your data. We provide the fastest, most efficient analytics engine for your data warehouse, data lake, or Data Mesh. We unlock the value of distributed data by making it fast and easy to access, no matter where it lives. Starburst queries data across any database, making it instantly actionable for data-driven organizations. With Starburst, teams can lower the total cost of their infrastructure and analytics investments, prevent vendor lock-in, and use the existing tools that work for their business. Trusted by companies like Comcast, FINRA, and Condé Nast, Starburst helps companies make better decisions faster on all data.


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