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Role Based Access Control in Real-Time Streaming Data: What, Why and How

Hojjat Jafarpour

Session Speaker
Founder and CEO, DeltaStream
Hojjat is the founder and CEO of DeltaStream, a serverless database to manage, secure and process all your streams on cloud. Before starting DeltaStream, he was at Confluent where he created ksqlDB, a database purpose-built for stream processing applications from Confluent. Prior to Confluent, he worked at NEC Labs, Informatica, Quantcast and Tidemark on various big data management projects. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Irvine, where he worked on scalable stream processing and publish/subscribe systems.

Data streaming platforms such as Apache Kafka and AWS Kinesis have become a foundational part of real-time data processing. It is crucial for such systems to ensure security of streaming data as such data plays an increasingly important role in mission critical applications in organizations. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is one of the most common ways to provide security for data in motion. Access control privileges that are defined in a RBAC service determine which role can access and perform operations on specific resources. In this talk, we first present the state of the art in Role-Based Access Control for streaming data in platforms such as Apache Kafka and AWS Kinesis. We then discuss the shortcomings of the current solutions and present a novel approach where we bring the same RBAC concepts from relational systems to the data in motion space and explain how it addresses aforementioned shortcomings in the current solutions.

Attendees will learn about the state of the art in security and Role-Based Access Control in data streaming technologies and understand shortcomings and challenges in these approaches. They will also learn a novel approach that they can use in their organizations to secure access to the streaming data regardless of which system is storing the streaming data, whether it is Apache Kafka, AWS Kinesis or a hybrid of these systems.