Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis (Undergraduate)


Department of Computer Science

First Advisor

Ed Feustel


To date, the vast majority of access control research and development has been on gathering, managing, and exchanging information about users. But an equally important component which has yet to be fully developed is the Policy Decision Point - the system that decides whether an access request should be granted given certain attributes of the requestor. This paper describes the research and implementation of a new PDP system for an undergraduate honors project. This PDP system employs three unique features which differentiate it from existing technology: collaboration capabilities, trusted management, and interoperability with other access control systems. Security considerations and future research areas are also discussed.


Originally posted in the Dartmouth College Computer Science Technical Report Series, number TR2004-502.