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Conversation Structures as a Means of Specifying Security Policy

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor John Dobson



This paper examines the concept of a security policy. It proposes speech act theory as a language for discussing the semantics of information systems and argues that a security policy must, in addition to specifying constraints on the instrumental acts of authorised access to data, also be capable of expressing the valid sequence of speech acts that constitute the authorisation and crete commitment to the policy.

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Author(s): Dobson JE

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1989

Pages: 24

Print publication date: 01/10/1989

Source Publication Date: October 1989

Report Number: 295

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne