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Meta-policies for distributed role-based access control systems

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2 Author(s)
Belokosztolszki, A. ; Comput. Lab., Cambridge Univ., UK ; Moody, K.

In this paper meta-policies for access control policies are presented. There has been a lot of research into the various ways of specifying policy for a single domain. Such domains are autonomous and can be managed by the users or by a specific system administrator It is often helpful to have a more general policy description in order to restrict the ways in which policy can be modified. Meta-policies fill this particular role. With their help changes to policy can be made subject to predefined constraints. Meta-policies are long lived and so can provide users with stable information about the policy of the system. In addition they can provide bodies external to a domain with relevant but restricted information about its policies, so forming a basis for co-operation between domains. For example, a domain's meta-policy can function as a policy interface, thus establishing a basis for agreement on the structure of the objects accessed In this way it is possible to build service level agreements between domains automatically.

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Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks, 2002. Proceedings. Third International Workshop on

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2002