Endorsements, licensing, and insurance for distributed system services

Gennady Medvinsky, Charlie Lai, B. Clifford Neuman
1994 Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Conference on Computer and communications security - CCS '94  
Clients in a distributed system place their con dence in many servers, and servers themselves rely on other servers for le storage, authentication, authorization, and payment. When a system spans administrative boundaries it becomes harder to assess the security and competence o f p otential service providers. This paper examines the issue of con dence i n large distributed systems. When con dence is lacking in the real world," one relies on endorsements, licensing, insurance, and surety bonds
more » ... , and surety bonds to compensate. We show that by incorporating such assurances into a distributed system, users are b etter able to evaluate the risks incurred when using a particular server. This paper describes a method to electronically represent endorsements, licenses, and insurance p olicies, and discusses the means by which clients use such items when selecting service p r oviders.
doi:10.1145/191177.191215 dblp:conf/ccs/MedvinskyLN94 fatcat:siy6x32slbgavcavihexklocpi