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A Distributed Access Control Architecture for Cloud Computing
March-April 2012 (vol. 29 no. 2)
pp. 36-44
Abdulrahman A. Almutairi, Purdue University
Muhammad I. Sarfraz, Purdue University
Saleh Basalamah, Umm Al-Qura University
Walid G. Aref, Purdue University
Arif Ghafoor, Purdue University
The large-scale, dynamic, and heterogeneous nature of cloud computing poses numerous security challenges. But the cloud's main challenge is to provide a robust authorization mechanism that incorporates multitenancy and virtualization aspects of resources. The authors present a distributed architecture that incorporates principles from security management and software engineering and propose key requirements and a design model for the architecture.

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Index Terms:
software engineering, distributed access control, cloud computing, multitenancy, resource virtualization
Citation:
Abdulrahman A. Almutairi, Muhammad I. Sarfraz, Saleh Basalamah, Walid G. Aref, Arif Ghafoor, "A Distributed Access Control Architecture for Cloud Computing," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 36-44, March-April 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2011.153
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