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If properly envisaged and designed, access control can serve a more vital role in computing than one might expect.
Although access control (AC) currently plays an important role in securing data services (DS), if properly envisaged and designed, access control can serve a more vital role in computing than one might expect. The Policy Machine (PM), a framework for AC developed at NIST, was designed with this goal in mind. The PM has evolved beyond just a concept to a prototype implementation and is now being directed toward an open source project.
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