Comparison and Alignment of Access Control Models

Darwin Sivalingapandi
Security system policies are implemented in the computer through access control mechanism. The primary controls that the access control mechanism possesses are confidentiality, integrity, and security. Access control mechanism can be applied through any of the access control models. It is is a way of protecting information or resources from the unauthorized user to provide access to authorized user. There exist different access control models in which all models are not adequate for today's digital environment. So, the problem arises in difficulty faced to choose which access control model suits well for a particular type of multi-user infrastructure with various access needs. Access control model differs according to the environment. There is an environment which grants access to its users within a particular network and for an environment which has users, who switch dynamically between different networks to access resources. Hence, determining the right model for the efficient use of resources and network is difficult, unless, there is a way to implement the needed concepts in our existing model as to make our new flexible model.
Access control standards for managing different access privileges are complex to understand. With the emerging technologies, components of a system are getting updated, so, it will be a challenge to find out the suitable and flexible access control model that matches the system. Even though there are different access control model available, there is the real problem in finding out the needed access control mechanism which can be employed for the improvement of our new access control model for the efficient use of the resources to be accessed securely.
The solution is to understand the weak and strong features of access control model by comparing different models and aligning their best features to compose into a flexible access control model. It is achieved with the help of systematic survey, where a group of audience validated that access control model can be understood and compared with three main components, subject, policy and object with underlying principles, meta-models and examples of three different access control model.
Analytical comparison of different access control model is drawn from a report of how the audience deals with it at various cases that were analyzed. This survey helped to receive the opinion of different people realistically, such that this empirical way of conducting experiments concludes with the way for finding strong and weak factors. Finally, all the strong factors are aligned to form a new flexible access control model.
The result helps to compare, study and implement a suitable and necessary access control system. It also makes us think in a way how a new access control system can be analyzed and compared with the existing ones. This research work result can be used for further research in future for the potential enhancement of newer access control models.
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Master - Software Engineering
Raimundas Matulevičius
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