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A logical framework for reasoning about delegation policies in workflow management systems
by Khaled Gaaloul; H.A. Proper; Ehtesham Zahoor; François Charoy; Claude Godart
International Journal of Information and Computer Security (IJICS), Vol. 4, No. 4, 2011


Abstract: Task delegation presents one of the business process security leitmotifs. It defines a mechanism that bridges the gap between workflow and access control systems. Delegation completion and authorisation enforcement are specified under specific constraints so-called events. In this article, we aim to reason about delegation events to model task delegation and to specify delegation policies using a logical framework. To that end, we propose an event-based task delegation model to control the delegation execution. We then identify relevant events responsible for the dynamic enforcement of delegation policies. Further, we define a task-oriented access control model to specify delegation constraints into authorisation policies. Finally, we propose a technique to automate the delegation policies integration. Using event calculus, we develop a reasoning tool to control the delegation execution and to increase the compliance of all delegation changes in the existing policy of the workflow.

Online publication date: Sun, 08-Jan-2012


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