Cloud Native Live: Modernizing Authorization: From Basic Roles to Decoupled ABAC

CNCF Online Programs

May 17, 2023, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Virtual event

About this event

Authorization is a critical aspect of software development, and modernizing your approach can provide significant benefits. In this session, we will discuss how to upgrade your authorization strategy, moving from basic roles to decoupling with the open source project Cerbos.

We will start by examining the limitations of traditional role-based access control (RBAC) and explain how it can lead to security risks and maintenance challenges. We will then introduce the concept of attribute-based access control (ABAC) and explain how it can provide more fine-grained control over access to resources.

Next, we will dive deeper into decoupled authorization and its benefits in modern software development. We will discuss how it can improve scalability, flexibility, and security for your applications.

We will provide an overview of Cerbos, our authorization company, and demonstrate how it works to provide fine-grained access control. We will show how to create an authorization policy using Cerbos, which can help you implement ABAC and decoupled authorization in your applications. We will also provide a practical example of how Cerbos can be used in a real-world scenario.

Join us to learn how to modernize your authorization strategy, implement ABAC and decoupled authorization with Cerbos, and improve the security and scalability of your applications.


  • Alex Olivier


    Product Lead