My first research paper got accepted at the Lisa ’09 conference. I will present this paper on the conference in Baltimore this year. I am not really sure if I can share the paper before it is published so for now I will post the abstract here.
Title: Federated Access Control and Workflow Enforcement in Systems Configuration
Abstract: Every organization with more than a few system administrators has policies in place. These policies define who is allowed to change which aspects of the configuration of a computer infrastructure. Although a lot of system configuration tools exist to automate configuration changes in an infrastructure, very little work has been done to enforce the policies dealing with access control and workflow of configuration changes. In this paper, we present ACHEL. ACHEL allows to integrate fine-grained access control in existing configuration tools and enforces your organizationâ€™s configuration changes workflow. Furthermore, we prototyped ACHEL on a popular configuration tool and demonstrate its capabilities in two case studies.