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A formal model for soft enforcement: Influencing the decision-maker

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Charles Morisset, Dr Iryna Yevseyeva, Professor Thomas GrossORCiD, Professor Aad van Moorsel


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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.We propose in this paper a formal model for soft enforcement, where a decision-maker is influenced towards a decision, rather than forced to select that decision. This novel type of enforcement is particularly useful when the policy enforcer cannot fully control the environment of the decision-maker, as we illustrate in the context of attribute-based access control, by limiting the control over attributes. We also show that soft enforcement can improve the security of the system when the influencer is uncertain about the environment, and when neither forcing the decision-maker nor leaving them make their own selection is optimal. We define the general notion of optimal influencing policy, that takes into account both the control of the influencer and the uncertainty in the system.

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Author(s): Morisset C, Yevseyeva I, Gross T, van Moorsel A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: STM 2014: Security and Trust Management

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 113-128

Print publication date: 22/09/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN: 0302-9743

Publisher: Springer Verlag


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-11851-2_8

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

ISBN: 9783319118505