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A general obligation model and continuity: enhanced policy enforcement engine for usage control.

DOI: 10.1145/1377836.1377856 Conference: SACMAT 2008, 13th ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, Estes Park, CO, USA, June 11-13, 2008, Proceedings
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ABSTRACT The usage control model (UCON) has been proposed to aug- ment traditional access control models by integrating au- thorizations, obligations, and conditions and providing the properties of decision continuity and attribute mutability. Several recent work have applied UCON to support secu- rity requirements in dierent computing environments such as resource sharing in collaborative computing systems and data control in remote platforms. In this paper we iden- tify two individual but interrelated problems of the origi- nal UCON model and recent implementations: oversimpli- fying the concept of usage session of the model, and the lack of comprehensive ongoing enforcement mechanism of imple- mentations. We extend the core UCON model with con- tinuous usage sessions thus extensively augment the expres- siveness of obligations in UCON, and then propose a gen- eral, continuity-enhanced and configurable usage control en- forcement engine. Finally we explain how our approach can satisfy flexible security requirements with an implemented prototype for a healthcare information system.

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