Vehicle Electronics & Architecture (VEA)

Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC)- Is it the Solution for a Mobile Net- Centric Army?

by Joseph Mangin; Jonathan Dorny


Access Control sets the bounds directing use of a resource. Equipment, applications, and information in a military environment require access control to provide security where intelligence superiority is an integral part the battlefield. The Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) employed for Information Systems and IT networks where permissions for Army roles change slowly do not scale to the dynamics of distributed mobile systems in a rapidly changing tactical environment. As ground systems fulfill the Net Centric Warfare (NCW) charter, Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) provides a distributed, rule-based approach to support dynamic attributes for access control.