Securing the Message Bus with Kafka Streams
Date : September 15, 2021
Time : 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Organizations have a need to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII). As Event Streaming Architecture (ESA) becomes ubiquitous in the enterprise, the prevalence of PII within data streams will only increase. Data architects must be cognizant of how their data pipelines can allow for potential leaks. In highly distributed systems, zero-trust networking has become an industry best practice. We can do the same with Kafka by introducing message-level security. A DevSecOps Engineer with some Kafka experience can leverage Kafka Streams to protect PII by enforcing role-based access control using Open Policy Agent. Rather than implementing a REST API to handle message-level security, Kafka Streams can filter, or even transform outgoing messages in order to redact PII data while leveraging the native capabilities of Kafka. In our proposed presentation, we will provide a live demonstration that consists of two consumers subscribing to the same Kafka topic, but receiving different messages based on the rules specified in Open Policy Agent. At the conclusion of the presentation, we will provide attendees with a GitHub repository, so that they can enjoy a sandbox environment for hands-on experimentation with message-level security.

Paul Otto
Principal Engineer, Raft LLC
Ryan Salcido
DevSecOps Engineer, Raft