A controlled natural language interface for authoring access control policies

Shi, Lei Lei and Chadwick, David W. (2011) A controlled natural language interface for authoring access control policies. In: SAC Symposium on Applied Computing, Monday March 21 to Thursday March 24, 2011, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan . (doi:https://doi.org/10.1145/1982185.1982510) (Full text available)

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With increasingly distributed computing systems, the management task of controlling access to shared resources becomes more and more complicated. Policy based access control systems may provide a solution to this problem, but the issue then becomes one of how to easily specify access control policies. We have designed and implemented a user interface that enables novice users to author their own access control policies using a controlled natural language (CNL) interface. With this interface, users are able to author their policies by typing sentences in a sub set of the English language. The sentences are then parsed and output as a machine readable policy, ready for automatic enforcement by a policy decision point (PDP). In this paper we describe the details of the design and implementation of this CNL interface, along with a summary of the user evaluation.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Security Group
Depositing User: David Chadwick
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 18:32 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 14:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31980 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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