A Software-Based Trust Framework for Distributed Industrial Management Systems

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10 p.

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Journal of Systems and Software

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doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2007.01.043


One of the major problems in industrial security management is that most organizations or enterprises do not provide adequate guidelines or well-defined policy with respect to trust management, and trust is still an afterthought in most security engineering projects. With the increase of handheld devices, managers of business organizations tend to use handheld devices to access the information systems. However, the connection or access to an information system requires appropriate level of trust. In this paper, we present a flexible, manageable, and configurable software-based trust framework for the handheld devices of mangers to access distributed information systems. The presented framework minimizes the effects of malicious recommendations related to the trust from other devices or infrastructures. The framework allows managers to customize trust-related settings depending on network environments in an effort to create a more secure and functional network. To cope with the organizational structure of a large enterprise, within this framework, handheld devices of managers are broken down into different categories based upon available resources and desired security functionalities. The framework is implemented and applied to build a number of trust sensitive applications such as health care.


Journal of Systems and Software, Vol. 80, No. 10 (October 2007): 1621-1630. DOI.