Security policy management in distributed systems

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Abstract

We present a model for policy management structures. The model captures the relationship between policies and objects and the entities that manage policies for those objects. In the model a system is viewed as consisting of a number of policy management domains. The domains are arranged in a hierarchy, representing descending levels of authority. A number of important issues for policy management are identified and addressed within the model. These include meta-policy questions such as who has control over the placement of an object in a policy management domain and where it can be moved within the hierarchy. A number of possible approaches to each of these questions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th IASTED International Conference, Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems
EditorsS.G. Akl, T. Gonzalez
Place of PublicationAnaheim, USA
PublisherACTA Press
Pages294-300
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0889863660
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event14th IASTED International Conference, Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems - Cambridge, USA
Duration: 4 Nov 20026 Nov 2002

Conference

Conference14th IASTED International Conference, Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems
CityCambridge, USA
Period4/11/026/11/02

Keywords

  • access control
  • policy management
  • policy hierarchy
  • domains

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