Access Control and Privacy in Large Distributed Systems


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Large scale distributed systems consist of workstations, mainframe computers, supercomputers, and other types of servers, all connected by a computer network. These systems are being used in a variety of applications including the support of collaborative scientific research. In such an environment, issues of access control and privacy arise. Access control is required for several reasons, including the protection of sensitive resources and cost control. Privacy is also required for similar reasons, including the protection of a researcher’s priprietary results.
This paper describes a possible architecture for integrating available computer and communications secuirity technologies into a system that meets these requirements. This architecture is meant as a starting point for dicsussion, rather than the final answer.

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The definitive version was published in AIAA/ASIS/DODCI Second Aerospace Computer Security Conference: A Collection of Technical Papers, 1986.