RBAC for Organisation and Security in an Agent Coordination Infrastructure

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Riccardo Focardi, Gianluigi Zavattaro (eds.)
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Security Issues in Coordination Models, Languages, and Systems (SecCo 2004), pages 65–85
Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 128(5)
Elsevier Science B.V.
May 2005

More and more the engineering of complex agent-based systems calls for infrastructural support for coordination and security issues integrated with services for the description and management of system organisation.
This trend is evident in the state-of-the-art models adopted for the management of security and organisation of complex information systems: in this context Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) models are emerging as a reference architecture for integrating security issues – access control in particular – and (role-based) organisation management. In this paper we discuss how an RBAC-like model has been fruitfully exploited to extend an infrastructure for the coordination of agent-based systems – TuCSoN – with the support for organisation and security management, in particular as far as access control is concerned. 

keywordsRole-based access control, multi-agent systems, coordination infrastructure