Challenges in Engineering Self-Adaptive Authorisation Infrastructures

  • Lionel MontrieuxEmail author
  • Rogério de Lemos
  • Chris Bailey


As organisations expand and interconnect, authorisation infrastructures become increasingly difficult to manage. Several solutions have been proposed, including self-adaptive authorisation, where the access control policies are dynamically adapted at run-time to respond to misuse and malicious behaviour. The ultimate goal of self-adaptive authorisation is to reduce human intervention, make authorisation infrastructures more responsive to malicious behaviour, and manage access control in a more cost-effective way. In this chapter, we scope and define the emerging area of self-adaptive authorisation by describing some of its developments, trends, and challenges. For that, we start by identifying key concepts related to access control and authorisation infrastructures and provide a brief introduction to self-adaptive software systems, which provides the foundation for investigating how self-adaptation can enable the enforcement of authorisation policies. The outcome of this study is the identification of several technical challenges related to self-adaptive authorisation, which are classified according to the different stages of a feedback control loop.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lionel Montrieux
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rogério de Lemos
    • 2
    • 3
  • Chris Bailey
    • 4
  1. 1.National Institute of InformaticsTokyoJapan
  2. 2.University of KentCanterburyUK
  3. 3.University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.University of KentCanterburyUK

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