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Policy management as a service: An approach to manage policy heterogeneity in cloud computing environment

Takabi, H and Joshi, JBD (2012) Policy management as a service: An approach to manage policy heterogeneity in cloud computing environment. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Security issues are delaying fast adoption of cloud computing and security mechanisms to ensure its secure adoption has become a crucial immediate need. On the other hand, cloud computing can help enable security controls to be delivered in new ways by service providers. To this end, we need frameworks for efficient delivery of cloud-based security services and for provisioning desirable solutions to customers based on their requirements. In this paper, we focus on policy management systems in cloud environments. Currently, users must use diverse access control solutions available for each cloud service provider to secure data. Access control policies may be composed in incompatible ways because of diverse policy languages that are maintained separately at every cloud provider. Heterogeneity and distribution of these policies pose problems in managing access policy rules for a cloud environment. In this paper, we introduce Policy Management as a Service (PMaaS), a cloud based policy management framework that is designed to give users a unified control point for managing access policies to control access to his resources no matter where they are stored. We present the framework and describe its components and protocols needed for various components to communicate. © 2012 IEEE.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Takabi, H
Joshi, JBDjjoshi@pitt.eduJJOSHI0000-0003-4519-9802
Date: 1 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Page Range: 5500 - 5508
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/hicss.2012.475
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780769545257
ISSN: 1530-1605
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Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 20:45
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2020 14:55


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