A Policy Model and Framework for Context-Aware Access Control to Information Resources [article]

A. S. M. Kayes, Jun Han, Wenny Rahayu, Md. Saiful Islam, Alan Colman
2017 arXiv   pre-print
In today's dynamic ICT environments, the ability to control users' access to resources becomes ever important. On the one hand, it should adapt to the users' changing needs; on the other hand, it should not be compromised. Therefore, it is essential to have a flexible access control model, incorporating dynamically changing context information. Towards this end, this paper introduces a policy framework for context-aware access control (CAAC) applications that extends the role-based access
more » ... l model with both dynamic associations of user-role and role-permission capabilities. We first present a formal model of CAAC policies for our framework. Using this model, we then introduce an ontology-based approach and a software prototype for modelling and enforcing CAAC policies. In addition, we evaluate our policy ontology model and framework by considering (i) the completeness of the ontology concepts, specifying different context-aware user-role and role-permission assignment policies from the healthcare scenarios; (ii) the correctness and consistency of the ontology semantics, assessing the core and domain-specific ontologies through the healthcare case study; and (iii) the performance of the framework by means of response time. The evaluation results demonstrate the feasibility of our framework and quantify the performance overhead of achieving context-aware access control to information resources.
arXiv:1703.02162v1 fatcat:ovx53qx4mnawjooi6mlm6heugi