A Coordinator for Workflow Management Systems with Information Access Control

Shih-Chien CHOU  Chien-Jung WU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E88-D   No.12   pp.2786-2792
Publication Date: 2005/12/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e88-d.12.2786
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Application Information Security
workflow,  workflow management system (WFMS),  coordination,  access control,  information security,  access control list,  

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This paper proposes a coordinator for workflow management systems (WFMSs). It is a basic module for developing WFMSs. It is also a coordinator to coordinate multiple WFMSs. The coordinator provides functions to facilitate executing workflows and to ensure secure access of workflow information. Facilitating workflow execution is well-known, but ensuring secure access of workflow information is identified as important only recently. Although many models ensure secure workflow information access, they fail to offer the features we need. We thus developed a new model for the control. This paper presents the coordinator its access control model.