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Sun Life Deploys Privacera

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Sun Life has leveraged Privacera’s data access governance to migrate to AWS and automate data management, fine-grained data access control, and compliance across its Amazon EMR, Amazon S3, and on-prem Hadoop environments.

As a leading international financial services organization, Sun Life holds a vast amount of sensitive customer data and personally identifiable information (PII).  Sun Life deployed Privacera to migrate its on-prem data to AWS while maintaining its existing Apache Ranger data access policies—without adding any security, privacy, or compliance risks.

Privacera, founded by the creators of Apache Ranger, provides a SaaS-based data security and governance platform that enables analytics teams to access information without compromising compliance with regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, LGPD, and HIPAA.

More specifically, Privacera provided Sun Life:

  • Rapid Migration of 4,000-plus Access Policies: Privacera accelerated AWS cloud migration by enabling Sun Life to leverage its existing Apache Ranger data access policies and automatically implement them in the cloud, removing the need for its data or IT teams to manually rewrite policies.
  • Unified Data Visibility Across Multiple Data Sources: Privacera provides a unified view of Sun Life’s sensitive data, both on-premise and across all 200 Amazon EMR nodes, Amazon S3, and on-premise Hadoop environments from a single interface. This enables detailed visibility of how sensitive data is accessed and used across all of Sun Life’s data sources.
  • Automated Compliance with IFRS and More: Privacera’s fine-grained access controls, role-based and attribute-based policies, and automated compliance workflows control access to data across all of Sun Life’s data sources, ensuring data is used only by authorized users. This allows Sun Life to easily prove compliance with industry regulations like International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Faster Data Insights with Reinforced Data Security: Privacera enables Sun Life data administrators to grant access to data requests with one click, ensuring data scientists and analysts have rapid, self-service access to data to drive faster analytics and business insights without risking unauthorized access or compliance violations.
  • Reduction of Manual Processes from Weeks to Days: Privacera’s consistent, fine-grained access controls and automated access requests reduce the time it takes for Sun Life’s data administrators to grant bulk access to data from 3-4 weeks to 1-2 days, increasing overall operational productivity.

“Because Apache Ranger is critical to the success of our entire analytics platform, so is Privacera as it allows us to capitalize on existing technology and deliver critical data to our analytic teams quicker,” said Don Geukers, director of cloud infrastructure and operations at Sun Life. “Our goal was to get our data into a data lake as quickly as possible and then apply access rules so approved Sun Life professionals can actually use the data to generate important insights. Requests that used to take 3-4 weeks to program can now be reacted to in less than 2 days.”

For more information, go to www.sunlife.com and www.privacera.com.

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