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Policy Engine

Satori’s secure data access platform enables organizations to create policies that enforce data access to data stores. The policy engine is the module that provides this functionality, which uses information about the user, the request itself (query or API call) and the actual data returned from the data store to determine how access should be handled.

How does the policy engine work?

The policy engine executes rules that are defined in the datastore setting view. Rules are executed by priority, from the lowest to the highest value. A rule contains a boolean condition and an action. When the boolean condition evaluates to True, the action is taken.

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Actions

Actions determine how Satori should process data access. Satori supports the following actions:

  • Allow - instructs the policy engine to stop processing the next rules and allow the data access.
  • Alert - instructs the policy engine to continue processing the next rules but to generate an incident in the management console for this data access.
  • Mask (coming soon) - instructs the policy engine to apply a transformation on the data before it’s returned to the client.
  • Block - instructs the policy engine to stop processing the next rules and block the data access, returning an error message to the data consumer.
  • Terminate (coming soon) - instructs the policy engine to stop processing the next rules and terminate the connection to the data store.

Tags

Conditions are composed of tags that represent the existence of various aspects of the data access. For example, the tag identity.principal.name::john@example.com will be available when john@example.com is connecting to the data store. Satori separates tags into two categories, data tags and identity tags. Data tags provide information about properties of the data, for example, if a particular type of PII data type appears in the data. Identity tags provide information about properties of the user, for example, if the user is assigned with a particular role.

Satori provides a large number of built-in tags and customers can also define their own tags by using Satori-provided matchers. For a list of all available tags, please refer to the tag reference.

Conditions

Conditions are a conjunction of the tags they contain. For a condition to evaluate to True, all tags must exist. The negation of a tag is supported by using the NOT keyword before the tag itself. See the Rule Language section for more information.

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Rule Language

Rules are defined in YAML and maintained in the Data Access Policies section of the data store settings view in the management console. The general format is:

rules:
  - name: "Rule display name"
    priority: <0..n>
    action: <allow|alert|block>
    data_tags:
      - [NOT] <data_tag>
    ...
      - [NOT] <data_tag>
    identity_tags:
      - [NOT] <identity_tag>
    ...
      - [NOT] <identity_tag>
  - name: "Rule display name"
      ...

Custom Tags

Customers can create their own tags in the Tags section of the data store settings view in the management console. These tags are built using Matchers, which are re-usable modules that Satori provides.

Tag Language

tags:
  - display_name: "Tag display name"
    tag: <tag string to use in rule>
    matcher_id: <matcher to use for this tag>
    matcher_data:
      ...
  ...
  - display_name: "Tag display name"
    ...

Examples

Allow all traffic

rules:
  - name: "Allow all"
    priority: 0
    action: allow

Block all traffic

rules:
  - name: "Block all"
    priority: 0
    action: block

Alert on access to email addresses

rules:
  - name: "Alert on access to email addresses"
    action: alert
    data_tags:
      - "c12n.email"
    priority: 0

Block access to passwords except for administrators in Snowflake

rules:
  - name: "Only admins can access passwords"
    action: block
    data_tags:
      - "c12n.password"
    identity_tags:
      - "NOT identity.datastore.role::accountadmin"
    priority: 0