Semantic access control for information interoperation

Chi Chun Pan, Prasenjit Mitra, Peng Liu

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Sharing information across different organizations is a critical problem. Using security enforcement mechanisms, accessing databases is limited to authorized users only. However, if databases and access control policies are syntactically and schematically heterogeneous, information interoperation becomes a crucial challenge. In order to allow users from multiple organizations to access databases, a better access control model is desired. In this paper, we propose Semantic Access Control based on popular Role-Base Access Control. Semantic Access Control provides secure access control to databases while resolving the heterogeneity among the databases. We present Semantic Access Control Enabler (SAGE), a novel middleware-based system that has been designed and implemented to enable Semantic Access Control on the Web. SAGE is a middleware system that requires only a few changes to be done on the legacy systems of any organizations involved. Unlike traditional mediator technologies, we integrate heterogeneity resolution and access control into one process, We show that despite performing ontology mappings and query and data translations our toolkit still provides acceptable performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSACMAT 2006
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1595933549, 9781595933546
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event11th ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, SACMAT 2006 - Lake Tahoe, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2006Jun 9 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, SACMAT


Other11th ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, SACMAT 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLake Tahoe, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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