Controlling Break-The-Glass Through Alignment

Provided by: Eindhoven University of Technology
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Modern IT systems have to deal with unpredictable situations and exceptions more and more often. In contrast, security mechanisms are usually very rigid. This causes organizations to employ functionality like break-the-glass that allows users to bypass security mechanisms in case of emergencies. However, break-the-glass introduces a weak point in the system and can be misused. In this paper, the authors present a flexible framework for controlling the use of break-the-glass using the notion of alignments. The framework measures to what extent a process execution diverges from the specification (i.e., using optimal alignments) and revokes the exceptional permissions granted to cope with the emergency when the severity of deviations cannot be tolerated.

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