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Towards Structured Implementation of Network Security Policies

 

 

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Journal of Information System Security
Volume 11, Number 1 (2015)
Pages 327
ISSN 1551-0123
Authors
Jordan Shropshire — University of South Alabama, USA
Art Gowan — James Madison University, USA
Publisher
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA

 

 

Abstract

Modern enterprises are organic, changing structures with dynamic computing needs. In order to keep up with these changes, information resources are under constant revision. Besides changing functional aspects of computer systems, information security features must also be updated on a regular basis. The task of updating system access controls can be quite complex. Errors are often incorporated into the result. This research develops a structured process for updating security controls, whilst minimizing human errors at the same time. The proposed process is designed especially for entry level system administrators. It organizes the task into a series of linear steps, simplifying the problem space. The paper consists of five steps: security policy analysis, technical specification, rule development, reconciliation and list optimization. The framework is evaluated in an experiment using the Solomon Four-Group method, with a sample of 112 subjects. The results indicate that a structured approach reduces perceived task complexity, increases self-efficacy, and results in improved access control lists.

 

 

Keywords

Access Control Lists, Solomon Four-group, Structured Approach, Task Complexity, Self-efficacy

 

 

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