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Author Li, Ninghui ♦ Wang, Qihua
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2008
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Access control ♦ Policy design ♦ Separation of duty
Abstract The process of introducing security controls into a sensitive task, which we call secure task design in this article, consists of two steps: high-level security policy design and low-level enforcement scheme design. A high-level security policy states an overall requirement for a sensitive task. One example of a high-level security policy is a separation of duty policy, which requires a task to be performed by a team of at least $\textit{k}$ users. Unlike low-level enforcement schemes such as security constraints in workflows, a separation of duty policy states a high-level requirement about the task without referring to individual steps in the task. While extremely important and widely used, separation of duty policies state only requirements on the number of users involved in the task and do not capture the requirements on these users' attributes. In this article, we introduce a novel algebra that enables the formal specification of high-level policies that combine requirements on users' attributes with requirements on the number of users motivated by separation of duty considerations. We give the syntax and semantics of the algebra and study algebraic properties of its operators. After that, we study potential mechanisms to enforce high-level policies specified in the algebra and a number of computational problems related to policy analysis and enforcement.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-08-06
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 55
Issue Number 3
Page Count 46
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 46


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