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Mining Business-Relevant RBAC States Through Decomposition

Abstract : Role-based access control is widely accepted as a best practice to effectively limit system access to authorized users only. To enhance benefits, the role definition process must count on business requirements. Role mining represents an essential tool for role engineers, but most of the existing techniques cannot elicit roles with an associated clear business meaning. To this end, we propose a methodology where the dataset is decomposed into smaller subsets that are homogeneous from a business perspective. We introduce the entrustability index that provides, for a given partition, the expected uncertainty in locating homogeneous set of users and permissions that are manageable with the same role. Therefore, by choosing the decomposition with the highest entrustability value, we most likely identify roles with a clear business meaning. The proposed methodology is rooted on information theory, and experiments on real enterprise data support its effectiveness.
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Alessandro Colantonio, Roberto Pietro, Alberto Ocello, Nino Vincenzo Verde. Mining Business-Relevant RBAC States Through Decomposition. 25th IFIP TC 11 International Information Security Conference (SEC) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. pp.19-30, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15257-3_3⟩. ⟨hal-01054506⟩



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