A Case Study in Access Control Requirements for a Health Information System

Evered, M. and Bogeholz, S.

    We present a detailed examination of the access constraints for a small real-world Health Information System with the aim of achieving minimal access rights for each of the involved principals. We show that, even for such a relatively simple system, the resulting constraints are very complex and cannot be expressed easily or clearly using the static per-method access control lists generally supported by component-based software. We derive general requirements for the expressiveness of access constraints and propose criteria for a more suitable access control mechanism in the context of componentbased systems. We describe a two-level mechanism which can fulfil these criteria.
Cite as: Evered, M. and Bogeholz, S. (2004). A Case Study in Access Control Requirements for a Health Information System. In Proc. Second Australasian Information Security Workshop (AISW2004), Dunedin, New Zealand. CRPIT, 32. Montague, P. and Steketee, C., Eds. ACS. 53-61.
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