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Akenti is a security model and architecture that is intended to provide scalable security services in highly distributed network environments. The project goals are:
  • to achieve the same level of expressiveness of access control that would be accomplished through a local human controller in the decision loop
  • to accurately reflect the existing policy: authority, delegation, and responsibility present in these environments.
The approach makes use of:
  • digitally signed certificates capable of carrying:
    • user identity authentication
    • resource usage requirements ("use-conditions")
    • user attribute authorizations ("attribute certificates")
    • delegated authorization
  • authorization decisions split among on-line and off-line entities

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