Amazic podcast: Your authorization headache solved with Cerbos

Published by Alex Olivier on September 11, 2023
Amazic podcast: Your authorization headache solved with Cerbos

In the ever-evolving world of tech, the conversation around data security and authorization has never been more critical. Cerbos, at its core, aims to simplify, fortify, and revolutionize the way authorization is handled. Recently, our Product Lead, Alex Olivier, was a guest on the Amazic Podcast, hosted by Twain Taylor, where he shared some invaluable insights and Cerbos' vision for the future of authorization.

A Glimpse into the episode

The conversation kicked off with a discussion about the versatility of Cerbos. Alex highlighted how Cerbos can run anywhere, emphasizing that it's not just limited to any specific cloud environment. The ability to execute authorization checks as close as possible to the data and the user remains paramount, offering solutions that suit diverse needs - from a user shipping physical hardware to someone leveraging browser-based services.

In the ever-evolving world of tech, staying ahead of the curve is essential. Alex hinted at the exciting frontier of WebAssembly (WASM) and how Cerbos is looking into various ways to engage in this realm. This approach ensures that authorization is executed at every part of the tech stack and every execution environment, be it cloud, edge, on-prem, or even on-device.

More than just tech talk

Twain Taylor took a moment to get to know Alex on a personal level. A tidbit revealed was Alex's alternate career journey. He once built a Harry Potter fan site as a 10-year-old, which exploded in popularity, leading him to red carpets in London and interviewing stars like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. From web developer to almost a media personality, Alex's journey is a testament to his multifaceted skills.

Answering Twain's question about which role he resonates with the most in the Cerbos team, Alex pointed to his current penchant for speaking to users, understanding their pain points with authorization, and mapping their requirements to Cerbos' solutions. Whether it's termed as developer relations or sales engineering, the essence lies in problem-solving.

Software elegance and tech news

When quizzed about his favorite software tool, Alex brought up Obsidian, praising its markdown-based note-taking system. He values the flexibility and freedom it provides, paralleling the Cerbos philosophy of not being overly tied to one ecosystem.

And if you're ever curious where Alex gets his daily dose of tech news, he swears by the classics: Hacker News and Twitter (or whatever its future iteration might be).

Catch the full episode!

Our summary just scratches the surface of the conversation Alex had with Twain. For the full insights, anecdotes, and in-depth discussions, watch the full episode below.

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