A State Transition Model for Policy Specification

The model of policies used in a variety of computer systems management and security domains has typically followed the paradigm of if-then-else statements. While the use of such statements has resulted in significant progress in the field of policy based systems, their use has also entailed significant effort in defining the policy rules and system models needed for employing policy based technologies. Better models of policy specification can ease some of the difficulties associated with building policy based systems. In this paper, we introduce a new model for specifying policies, based on a user defined state transition diagram describing system behavior, and demonstrate how this model can be employed advantageously in managing policies.

By: Dinesh Verma; Seraphin B. Calo; Gregory Cirincione

Published in: RC24766 in 2009


This Research Report is available. This report has been submitted for publication outside of IBM and will probably be copyrighted if accepted for publication. It has been issued as a Research Report for early dissemination of its contents. In view of the transfer of copyright to the outside publisher, its distribution outside of IBM prior to publication should be limited to peer communications and specific requests. After outside publication, requests should be filled only by reprints or legally obtained copies of the article (e.g., payment of royalties). I have read and understand this notice and am a member of the scientific community outside or inside of IBM seeking a single copy only.


Questions about this service can be mailed to reports@us.ibm.com .