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3 keys to re-evaluate your authorization management

Business
On May 27, I had the pleasure to join the KuppingerCole KCLive event with several industry peers in a panel discussion about  “Enabling the Future...

How OAuth is related to Attribute Based Access Control

Tech
What is Authorization? Authorization, also referred to as Access Control, is the process that follows authentication (which checks your identity and ensures that you are...

Modern Enterprise Authorization Management System

Business
Gartner has an interesting article titled “Modernize Your Runtime Authorization” that highlights some aspects you need from a modern enterprise authorization systems. Over the years...

Mastering GDPR and CCPA Compliance with Dynamic Authorization

Business
Global regulatory legislation is a headache for almost every business, especially large,multi-national corporations. Organizations operating across borders must manage diverse regulations specific to each country....

Multi-Dimensional Security 101: A Beginners Guide to Attribute Based Access Control 

Business
As new technologies emerge and hackers continue to develop new techniques, your enterprise data becomes more vulnerable each day. The days of storing information in...

Zero Trust Network Access Eliminates Wide Network Access Perimeters 

Tech
Network access security is quickly evolving as the amount of data produced by an organization increases. Combine this with the rapid increase of remote working...

Stack Overflow: What’s the difference between policy target and rule target in XACML?

Tech
Are you looking for further clarification in working with XACML? This post originally appeared on Stack Overflow. Question: XACML allows us to specify <Target> tag in...

Protect What Matters Most: The Data — Part 2

Tech
Protect What Matters Most: The Data — Part 2, Data-Centric Security Welcome to Part 2, of Protect What Matters Most: The Data. You can find...

Protect What Matters Most – The Data

Tech
Protect What Matters Most: Fine-grained, Policy-based Authorization for your Data Introduction When I speak to customers about what Axiomatics does (fine-grained, externalized, policy-based access control),...

The Power of Dynamic Data Masking and Dynamic Authorization

Tech
Most modern environments today handle large amounts of data. Typically the data is spread across different data sources such as relational databases or even a...

Stack Exchange: Looking for an Approach to Implement Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC)

Tech
This Q+A originally appeared on Information Security Stack Exchange.  Question: We are looking to implement Attribute-Based Access Control. While we are sold on the philosophy,...

Stack Overflow: MERN Stack Authorization and Authentication

Tech
Are you working with MERN (Mongo, Express, React-redux, Node) and Authorization? This Stack Overflow post details the question at hand, and then how to use...

Authorize Like a Pro with Axiomatics + UMA – Guest Blog Post from Gluu

Tech
Today’s blog post is a post from one of our partners, Gluu. The feature writer is Mike Schwartz. He has been an entrepreneur and identity...

Axiomatics Policy Server Evolves with the Cloud

Access Control 101
Axiomatics Policy Server keeps evolving to meet the needs of our customers as they migrate resources to the cloud. Our latest update to the cloud-native...

Stack Overflow: Creating a consistent authorization framework

Access Control 101
How to solve the consistency problem of managing authorization of Single Page Application & .NET Core WebAPI? Question from Stack Overflow User Ishan Akin. We...

Dynamic Authorization to Redact Data in for the Apigee API Gateway

Tech
Introduction Extending the authorization capabilities of an API Gateway to use fine-grained dynamic authorization with the Axiomatics Policy Server is a common use case. There...

Stack Overflow: ABAC vs. RBAC via XACML Policies

ABAC
The Axiomatics technical teams across sales engineering, development and customer relations often engage with the Stack Overflow community to get insights and answers. They also...

Dynamic Authorization and DevOps

Tech
Dynamic Authorization and DevOps work well together. I’ll give a quick overview of the process and then share a few things specific to Axiomatics dynamic...

Critical Data Security Trends 2019

Business
In case you missed our press release on the Critical Data Security Trends for 2019, we’re sharing the list here on the blog for the...

IDF Connect + Axiomatics Part 2, The integration of SSO/Rest and Attribute Based Access Control

Tech
Recently we introduced you to the exciting new release and integration with IDF Connect (you can read Part 1 of the blog here). In part...

Stack Overflow: Alternatives for Roles/Claims Access Control Systems

Tech
The Axiomatics technical teams across sales engineering, development and customer relations often engage with the Stack Overflow community to get insights and answers. They also...

Combining Federated Identity Management with Dynamic Authorization

Business
Axiomatics’ Vice President of Business Development, Gerry Gebel, was interviewed by Cynthia Artin on the intersection of Federated Identity Management with Dynamic Authorization. The virtualization...

A Fresh Look at Spring Security Access Control

Access Control
Today’s blog is a deep dive on various types of access control. I’ll be reviewing the differences between Expression-Based Access Control, Role Based Access Control...

What you need to know: IDF Connect + Axiomatics Partnership

Tech
Our partner, IDF Connect, recently announced an exciting new product release for SSO/Rest™ 3.1, the first stand-alone, Zero Trust Access Management solution designed explicitly for...

Applying Dynamic Authorization to Cloud Technologies

Access Control 101
Is your business preparing to move to the cloud? Or have you already adopted the cloud and are looking for ways to enhance cloud security...

Axiomatics Integrates Dynamic Authorization with Mulesoft Anypoint Platform

Business
We recently announced our partnership with MuleSoft and the new integration with their Anypoint Platform™. Axiomatics now augments existing access control with a customizable API...

The State of the Union of Authorization

Business
A couple months ago, I had the pleasure to talk at the European Identity Conference on a topic that is close to my heart: authorization....

Using the Spring PEP SDK with Spring Boot & Thymeleaf for UI Security

Tech
Overview Axiomatics provides a Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) Software Development Kit (SDK) for Spring Security. We can use this Spring Security SDK to easily restrict...

Intro to Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC)

Business
Access control has gone beyond simply need-to-know to include need-to-share authorization. Traditionally, the focus of authorization and access control has been on building barriers to...

Securing Cloud Infrastructure with Dynamic Authorization

Business
Today, it is imperative for businesses to increase scalability and enable collaboration among development teams to help solve complex challenges, all while cutting down on...

Video Blog: Authorization Made Simple: Secure Applications with ALFA, REST, and JSON

Business
Across industries, businesses are focusing more on their IT departments and developing more applications than ever before. If your team needs to deliver a microservice,...

Identiverse 2018 Roundup

Business
We’re fresh off the heels of Identiverse 2018 (formerly the Cloud Identity Summit) in Boston.  Hundreds of attendees joined together to share their perspectives on...

Axiomatics and Saviynt Partnership Brings Externalized Dynamic Authorization and Identity Governance and Administration Solutions Together

Business
Earlier this week, we announced our partnership with Saviynt, a leading provider of identity governance and cloud security solutions. The partnership allows for the Axiomatics...

Live from Identiverse 2018 in Boston

Business
A team from Axiomatics is currently in Boston to exhibit and speak at Identiverse 2018 (formerly known as Cloud Identity Summit). People, applications and devices...

The Build vs Buy Decision

Business
Authorization of user access to data and applications is more important than ever – and enterprises are looking to solve this in the best way...

Executive Spotlight: Interview with Erika Boije, VP Engineering at Axiomatics

Business
After more than a decade as a consultant, and then CTO of a mobile payment company, Erika Boije discusses what drew her to Axiomatics and...

A Look Back at EIC 2018

Business
Last week we exhibited at the 2018 European Identity & Cloud Conference in Munich. For the 12th year, the EIC conference offered best practices and discussions...

European Identity & Cloud Conference 2018

Business
We’re currently exhibiting at the 2018 European Identity & Cloud Conference in Munich. The conference is Europe’s leading event for Identity and Access Management (IAM), Governance,...

The Axiomatics Customer Experience (ACE) 2018

Business
A month ago we gathered in Chicago for the inaugural Axiomatics Customer Experience. We wanted to get to know our customers even better, and I...

The Power of Data Filtering

Tech
We’ve been hearing from our customers about evolving use cases around data-centric security, and the need to closely manage access to data sets – across...

An Opportunity to Rebuild Customer Trust and Ensure Data Loyalty: GDPR

Business
Over the past year, you’ve no doubt been bombarded with news and opinions on the GDPR. “Who will be affected?” “Are you prepared?” “Will the...

Video Blog-Moving Beyond Identity-Based Access Control

Business
Axiomatics’ solutions implement Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC). This means that, when processing an access control request, digital rules can be evaluated to consider the...

IAM: The Glue That Holds It All Together

Business
In a decentralized, decoupled, distributed world, where each (micro) service fends for itself and modules are pieced together to deliver leaner, laser-focused functionality, there is...

Top Federal Government Security Trends for 2018

Business
DevOps, Information Dissemination, Safeguarding Sensitive Data and Data Monitoring Dominate Federal Security Practices in 2018 Secure data sharing remains a challenge among intelligence agencies and...

Applying ABAC to Cloud Technologies

Business
Is your business or agency preparing to migrate to cloud technologies in 2018? Or have you already adopted the cloud and are looking for ways...

Gartner IAM Summit 2017 – Las Vegas

Business
The theme at Gartner IAM Summit this year was “Transform Operations to Opportunities”, and it led to five tracks: Foundational Strategies, Moving Your IAM Program...

Managing DevOps with Dynamic Authorization

Business
Security technologies, like Dynamic Authorization, are an integral part of the DevOps methodology and should be managed in the same manner as the application itself....

They Wrote the Book on ABAC

ABAC
Artech House has just published a book on Attribute Based Access Control, authored by Vincent Hu, David Ferraiolo, Ramaswamy Chandramouli and Richard Kuhn. These names...

Digital Transformation: Securing Customer-centric Initiatives

Business
Data security and an improved customer experience go hand in hand for successful digital transformation. “The customer is always right” is a motto originating in...

Securing Access to PII and EHR in a Digitized Health Care Environment

Business
Patient Enablement / Self-service With respect to health care, a McKinsey report from late 2014 explains that health care IT is evolving at the same...

Cybersecurity Week in Luxembourg

Business
A week-long cybersecurity event in Luxembourg included Axiomatics’ participation in the PwC Cybersecurity Day last Thursday. Luxembourg City was a terrific host and provided a...

Why Layering Your Security is Important

Business
An Argument for Multi-Layered Security in Wake of the Equifax Breach Winter weather can be brutal. Layers come in handy to protect from the cold,...

Enabling Digital Transformation: Digital Identity and Access Management (DIAM)

Business
Earlier this summer, I hosted a live webinar with our partners at EY, where we discussed the Digital Transformation trend and its impact on Digital...

A Note from Consumer Identity World US 2017

Business
Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend and take part in Consumer Identity World (US) in Seattle, KuppingerCole’s first conference this side of the Atlantic....

Enhancing API Security: Dynamic Authorization to Protect Sensitive Data

Business
API Gateways effectively manage the authentication of the user and provide service orchestration capabilities, but if sensitive data is involved, additional fine-grained authorization capabilities are...

Gartner Hype Cycle for Application Security 2017

Business
This month Gartner published their “hype cycles” for 2017. These reports provide a barometer for various technologies within a given market or area of discipline....

Filter Data with Tableau Using Axiomatics SmartGuard for Big Data

Tech
Introduction Tableau offers Business Intelligence (BI) software that is great for generating meaningful graphs and visualizations of data. The software can query many different sources...

Is Your Content Management System Putting You At Risk?

Business
Or in short, how CMS security can benefit from ABAC. What is Content Management? Content management (CM), is a set of processes and technologies that...

How Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Applications Can be Supported with XACML

Tech
As a Sales Engineer, it’s not uncommon to meet with a customer – or a prospective customer – who, along with securing APIs, microservices, and...

How to Write Authorization Policies for Big Data

Tech
When it comes to securing access to services and data, we see many different use cases and, with that, the enforcement of authorization rules at...

Marking the 10-Year Anniversary of the First XACML Interoperability Demo

Tech
It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been 10 years since I had the honor to host the first ever XACML interoperability demonstration at Burton...

Highlights from Cloud Identity Summit 2017

Business
Cloud Identity Summit took place in Axiomatics Americas backyard this year: downtown Chicago! More than 1,500 individuals – a record-breaking attendance count – shared their...

Axiomatics Partners with SailPoint, Sponsors Navigate Austin 2017

Business
Earlier this month, we officially announced our partnership with SailPoint. In brief, Axiomatics will extend SailPoint’s identity management solutions by adding the richness of Axiomatics’ run...

Axiomatics to Present at Cloud Identity Summit in Chicago

Business
Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) is recognized as the world’s premier identity industry conference and includes tracks from industry thought leaders, CIOs, executives and practitioners. CIS,...

Leveraging Splunk to Aggregate Axiomatics Policy Server Log Data

Tech
Splunk is a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool that can be used to aggregate and analyze security logs. Axiomatics Policy Server (APS) can...

Dynamic Authorization: Separating the Fact from the Fiction

Tech
While it is predicted that “by 2020, 70% of enterprises will use Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) to protect critical assets” (Gartner), a lot of confusion...

How Dynamic Authorization Can Support GDPR Compliance

Business
If you missed part 1 or 2 of our GDPR blog series, you can find them here: Part 1: A GDPR Primer: What You Need...

A Look at EIC 2017

Business
European Identity Conference (EIC) is Europe’s leading event for Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC), and cloud security. For...

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GDPR: A Driver for Digitalization

Business
In our previous entry, we talked about how General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR”, enables EU citizens to control their data profiles, or “digital footprint”....

How Can I Use Time in a XACML Policy?

Question of the Week
Attribute-based access control (ABAC) lets us define fine-grained authorization policies that typically take into account user attributes and resource attributes. Sometimes we may need time...

Federal Mission: Dissemination and Information Sharing using ABAC

ABAC
This Use Case, Federal Mission: Dissemination and Information Sharing using Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC), discusses how an ABAC model can be used to disseminate...

Running Axiomatics Policy Server in the Cloud, Part 2: Amazon Web Services

Axiomatics Policy Server
Part 1 of this blog series can be found here: Axiomatics Policy Server in the Cloud: How to Containerize  Axiomatics recently announced a public Amazon Machine Image...

Running Axiomatics Policy Server in the Cloud

Axiomatics Policy Server
Part 1: How to Containerize Containerization is a trend we’ve seen at the enterprise level and among the federal government for some time now. If...

A GDPR Primer: What You Need to Know

Business
The General Data Protection Plan, known by GDPR, is new legislation that defines data protection standards and laws across the European Union. This regulation effectively repeals...

The Convergence of Personalization and Authorization

API
A founder of a former company said something to me as we closed the doors, “I wish I built a tiered subscription model at the...

Peer Insights: Wisconsin IAM User Group

Access Control 101
We’re always looking for ways to get involved with local colleagues in the IAM space. In a recent session, we met with some of our...

The Power of ABAC for your API Gateway

API
We’ve been hearing a lot from our customers lately about the power of using APIs and microservices to expand business and speed time-to-market for new...

How Using ABAC Can Improve API Security in 2017

API
During Gartner’s recent IAM conference, I noticed an emerging conversation around the issues of API usage at the enterprise level. Enterprise adoption of APIs is...

Top Five Trends to Transform Enterprise Security in 2017

Access Control
Our experts at Axiomatics got together at the end of the year to take a look at the trends in store for 2017. Some of...

How can many complex permit rules for the same XACML policy be managed?

Tech
XACML, the eXtensible Access Control Markup Language, is an authorization language that implements Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC). As the name indicates, XACML uses attributes...

The Data Access Filter for Multiple Databases just got better.

Axiomatics Data Access Filter
I’m happy to share that we’re ending the year with a release of the Axiomatics Data Access Filter for Multiple Databases. If you’re not familiar...

Going on vacation, how can I implement delegation in XACML?

Access Control 101
This use case happens in many different industries, such as: Banking: account management Healthcare: medical record access There are other types of delegation possible, e.g....

Externalized Dynamic Authorization in a [Micro]Services World Pt. 3

Access Control
Part 3: Microservices Authorization In-Depth This is a multi-part series of articles describing why and how one can approach applying Externalized Dynamic Authorization to an...

Externalized Dynamic Authorization in a [Micro]Services World Pt. 2

Access Control
Part 2: OAuth Scopes May Not be Enough This is a multi-part series of articles describing why and how one can approach applying Externalized Dynamic...

What is the main difference between XACML 3.0 and XACML 2.0?

Question of the Week
To Axiomatics prospects and customers, standardization, or standards compliance, is of great importance and often one of the deciding factors in choosing Axiomatics over “homegrown”...

Customer Identity, Contextual Security, and More: What We Learned at Gartner’s 2016 IAM Conference

Access Control 101
This year’s Gartner IAM Conference was full of thoughtful keynotes and a reflection of things to come for IT professionals in 2017. Over 1500 professionals...

Externalized Dynamic Authorization in a [Micro]Services World

Access Control
Part 1: OAuth and OpenID Connect Come Together with Externalized Dynamic Authorization Want the fast track of dynamic authorization in a microservices world? Check out...

In XACML, what is a bag?

Access Control
Background Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) leverages attributes in combination with a set of policies to determine authorization decisions. A request is sent from an...

How Big Data is Driving Evolution in Identity and Access Management

Access Control
What is Big Data and Why You Should Care In a previous post, I discussed some of the security challenges awaiting companies looking to leverage...

Why don’t I get Obligations or Advice back on Indeterminate or Not Applicable responses?

Access Control
Background When a policy is being evaluated in XACML 3.0 Policy Decision Points (PDP), Obligations and Advice elements will be ignored for “Indeterminate” and “Not...

Gartner’s IAM Summit: A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Transformation

Access Control
Axiomatics is heading to Gartner’s annual Identity and Access Management (IAM) Summit on November 29 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. By the time the event...

How can the permit-unless-deny combining algorithm be dangerous?

Access Control
Background We haven’t discussed combining algorithms much, but they are just one of the many powerful features of an XACML-based authorization system.  You can think...

Security, Dynamic Authorization and the Big Data Landscape

Access Control
The big data landscape is, not surprisingly, big. Matt Turck’s excellent blog (mattturck.com) has good coverage on the development in this area and captures how...

We’re heading to London – see you at the Identity Management Event!

Business
This Wednesday, November 9th, Axiomatics and other industry leaders from large enterprises and government agencies alike will attend IDM UK in London. This will be...

How do I use the map function in XACML?

Access Control 101
Some examples of policies are: Managers can view documents in their city Users can edit documents they own Each policy uses attributes. In the examples...

How do I write authorization policies for Big Data?

Question of the Week
  When it comes to securing access to services and data, we see many different use cases and, with that, the enforcement of authorization rules...

How can commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications be supported with XACML?

Question of the Week
As a Sales Engineer, it’s not uncommon to meet with a customer – or a prospective customer – who, along with securing APIs, microservices and...

The Big Data Security Challenge

Business
Big data is one of the “big” industry trends that is challenging enterprises these days, especially from a data security perspective. Thanks to the explosion...

How Can I Use Policy References in ALFA?

Question of the Week
The Abbreviated Language For Authorization (Wikipedia) or ALFA is a domain specific language used to express XACML authorization policies. It is by far much easier...

How Can I Return the Reason for a Denial in a XACML Response?

Question of the Week
The XACML standard provides a means of returning the reason for an access request denial through the use of the Obligations and Advice expressions, which...

Why Does Retrieving Attribute Values from a Secure LDAP Slow Performance?

Question of the Week
This week’s question gets into a very specific XACML implementation detail but it is one that I encounter often so I thought this might be...

The Benefits of Fine-Grained Dynamic Authorization: An introduction to Attribute Based Access Control

ABAC
One of the great benefits of Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) is that it can be as coarse or fine-grained as you need it to...

Should I Define the Authorization Logic in the Policy or an External Datasource?

Question of the Week
There are different approaches to expressing authorization logic. What’s the best way? It’s not as simple as the right or wrong way in this case...

ABAC, the dynamic authorization solution for your APIs and Applications

Business
Scale the heights of enterprise access control: IT and security leaders in large organizations often find themselves standing at the foot of a daunting mountain....

How Can I Use Date in a XACML Policy?

Question of the Week
We have written in the past about using time in XACML policies. This can be useful when wanting to control access outside office hours for...

How Can I Comment My Policies?

Question of the Week
Writing access control policies is an iterative process; You write rules, test for expected results, restructure, amend with additional rules and scope, and retest. One...

100% Pure XACML

XACML
X may mark the spot if you’re looking for treasure, but if you’re looking to protect something dear to you, such as your sensitive assets,...

Breaking the Glass – Using XACML to Implement HIPAA Regulations

Question of the Week
Break the Glass Scenario  By default users have access to what they need to get access to. Example authorization policy: doctors can view the medical...

Dynamic Authorization: The Natural Evolution of Access Control

Business
Access Control has been around ever since there has been the need to protect valuable assets. Sentries were posted and moats were built. Still, history...

When and How Can I Express Negative Logic in XACML?

Question of the Week
When authoring an access control policy, you may be creating a logical structure that calls for a negative expression. For example, you might be protecting...

Attribute Based Access Control Beyond Roles

Business
Over the past 20 years the IT road map has changed beyond recognition. Cloud computing, smartphones and online services are part of our daily routines....

What is an XACML Policy Reference?

Question of the Week
XACML, the eXtensible Access Control Markup Language, is an authorization language that implements Attribute­Based Access Control (ABAC). XACML uses attributes inside policies to convey authorization...

In XACML what is the StringOneAndOnly function?

Question of the Week
Example of policies can be: Managers can view documents in their city. Users can edit documents they own Each policy uses attributes. In the examples...

What Does NotApplicable Mean?

Question of the Week
The Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) sends the PDP an authorization request. The PDP inspects the request and must return a decision. There are four possible...

How Can I Implement Access Control Lists (ACL) Using XACML Policies?

Question of the Week
Let me first give you a short introduction to Access Control Lists (ACL). In software, an ACL, is a list of permissions granted to subjects...

Do Attribute Data Types Matter?

Question of the Week
Yes, they do, they absolutely do. There are several data types defined in the XACML specification. The X in XACML is short for eXtensible, meaning...

Spring Security and Attribute-Based Access Control

Access Control
Spring Security, a project in the wider Spring framework, aims to provide an authentication and authorization framework around the core Spring. Having started its life...

Is ALFA a Part of the OASIS XACML Technical Committee Series of Standards?

Question of the Week
The Abbreviated Language for Authorization (ALFA)is a pseudocode language used in the formulation of access control policies. ALFA maps directly into the eXtensible Access Control...

Can Dynamic Authorization Help Resolve Manufacturers’ Security Concerns About IoT?

Business
The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized business intelligence within manufacturing. The availability of product data means companies no longer need to rely on customers...

Why Should I Define Attribute Connectors Using JNDI?

Question of the Week
One of the key benefits of an Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) system is the ability to use many attributes to make fine-grained authorization decisions....

Solving the Manufacturing Data Protection Triangle

Business
How ABAC Can Help Protect IP and Speed Time-To-Market. Manufacturers face unique challenges when it comes to data protection. With digital transformation upon them, many...

How Does a Policy Decision Point Load a New Policy?

Question of the Week
Policy Decision Points (PDP) are managed through Authorization Domains in the Axiomatics Services Manager (ASM). When a new policy is applied to a Domain, the...

Is It a Good Practice to Use SQL Views for Policy Information Points?

Question of the Week
In order to better support the configuration of an Axiomatics solution (APS, ARQ, ADAF MD…) the Axiomatics Professional Services team suggest the use of a...

Cloud Identity Summit 2016

Business
The 2016 Cloud Identity Summit is fast approaching and we’re a sponsor of the show this year. As a long-term partner of Ping Identity, we’ve...

Should the Policy Enforcement Point Send All Attributes Needed to Evaluate a Request?

Question of the Week
Key Attributes and Derived Attributes Key Attributes are the basis of a XACML request. PEPs can send any number of attributes to the PDP. At...

ABAC, part and parcel of an effective anti-fraud program

Business
So how should financial institutions act? Well, in its 2015 report “Current Fraud Trends in the financial sector”, PwC identified the key components of an...

How Do I Check for the Presence of an Attribute?

Question of the Week
This blog will look more closely at the scenarios where you want to evaluate an attribute on a particular target. First, let’s define a few...

Proving Access Control Compliance and Enabling Access Review Reporting

Access Control
In April 2016, Axiomatics introduced the Axiomatics Review Manager, a one-of-a-kind access review and reporting tool, that can confirm polices are enforced and compliance is...

What are the Possible XACML REST PDP Response Codes?

Question of the Week
The Axiomatics Policy Server provides both a SOAP and a REST endpoint to which authorization requests can be sent to. This blog will focus on...

When Should I Use an XACML Condition?

Question of the Week
XACML Targets Targets are an easy way to define the scope of an authorization policy. Targets can be used in all three XACML structural elements...

How Can I Use Booleans in a XACML Target?

Question of the Week
The Data Type The XACML identifier for the boolean data type is http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#boolean and the values accepted are ‘true’, ‘false’, ‘1’ and ‘0’. Note that booleans have...

Does the JSON profile for XACML support MDP

Question of the Week
JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation is a more lightweight and arguably a more easy-to-work with format than XML which is typically used in data exchange...

How Can an Authorization Request Be Simulated?

Question of the Week
We are rolling out a new format on our blog – the “Question of the Week” – an ongoing feature that will tackle all sorts...

Axiomatics Review Manager: Advanced access audit reporting of sensitive data

Access Control
From its foundation, Axiomatics has been at the forefront of the authorization and access management technology movement. We have brought to to market solutions that...

Compliance in the Financial Sector: Driving Transformational Change From the Inside Out

Business
It’s no secret that dealing with compliance is becoming more complex and costly. In 2013, Thomas Reuters reported that there were 110 new regulatory announcements...

5 Burning Issues in the Financial Services Industry and How ABAC Can Help

Business
In this blog post we will present 5 burning issues within the financial services industry and how Attribute-Based Access Control can help tackle some of...

Trends to watch in 2016

Business
We’re well into the start of 2016, so we better get our observations about trends to watch out there before it’s too late! There are...

Safe Harbor and Access Control for Transatlantic Data Transfer

Business
The deal was made public on February 2nd, two days after the initial agreed upon deadline for a solution had passed. Speaking on the deal,...

Access Control for HL7 and the Health Care industry

Access Control
Discover how a typical HL7 access control policy can be created using the Abbreviated Language for Authorization (ALFA) and what that would mean for your...

Eliminating Toxic Combinations with ABAC

Business
Over the past 20 years, the IT road map has changed substantially. Cloud computing, smartphones and online services are part of our daily routines. And...

Six Key Reasons why you need to protect EHR with Dynamic Authorization Today

Business
If you store or process medical records you have a target on your back The health care industry suffers 340% more security incidents and attacks...

The Physics of Coarse- and Fine-grained Authorization

Business
In his recent blog, Homan Farahmand of Gartner discussed the differences between coarse-grained and fine-grained authorization, likening them to the study of classical and quantum...

A New Door Opens – Using Attribute Values Passed from Your Application to Impact Filtering

Axiomatics Data Access Filter
In the latest release of Axiomatics Data Access Filter MD (ADAF MD), we introduced a neat little feature called user-defined symbols. This feature enables you...

Securing Access to PII and EHR in a Digitized Health Care Environment

Business
Patient enablement / self-service With respect to health care, a McKinsey report from late 2014 explains that health care IT is evolving at the same...

Obligations and Advice in XACML part 2

Tech
In a previous blog post ​we discussed the use of XACML obligations and advice. I concluded the post with the cliff hanger: An interesting use...

Safe Harbor: The Access Control Quandary

Business
When it comes to the way personal data is handled in the global economy, this changes everything. Well at least it does for the 4,500...

The End of Safe Harbor

Business
  If you share European citizens’ personal data with the US or across European jurisdictions and you don’t have a contingency plan in place, you...

PEP SDK for Spring Security

Access Control
Earlier in the year we introduced the work we have been doing to provide our customers with a easy way to integrate the fine-grained, policy-based...

Using JSON and REST profiles for external authorization

XACML
In this blog post we describe how the recent JSON and REST profiles of the XACML standard make it easier to use and to integrate...

CA World 2015

Business
A quick hello from CA World 2015! Axiomatics is a sponsor again this year and we’re holding up after a very busy day one. After...

You are not obliged to follow my advice: Obligations and Advice in XACML part 1

XACML
Imagine that you are designing a policy for your business, which happens to be a top-notch hospital, and bump into the following legal requirement: A...

Data modification is a matter of access control, too

Axiomatics Data Access Filter
In a p​revious blog post​ we discussed how the Axiomatics Data Access Filter for Multiple Databases ​lets you define and enforce fine-­grained, policy-­based a​ccess control...

Data creation is also a matter of access control

Axiomatics Data Access Filter
Database access control is not only about controlling who can read the data, but also about making sure that the right people get to generate...

Announcing ADAF MD support for Teradata and further SQL operation coverage

Business
First of all, we add the Teradata Database to the growing list of relational database systems that we support. We have had increased demand for...

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: 5 API access control considerations

Business
Whether it’s via a mobile, laptop or desktop, in the cloud or on the ground, APIs have become the defacto method for connecting people with...

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End-user or B2B Portal – a business case for API management

Business
Common use case scenarios which the Axiomatics Professional Services Organization (PSO) frequently encounters are customer portals in various shapes and flavors. A common denominator in...

Secure your API with an ABAC Powered Infrastructure

API
Many insurance companies use Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) solutions to enable partners or clients to directly manage their own information within the insurance company’s...

“What about mobile?”

Business
When I first started in mobile security nearly ten years ago ‘mobile’ was synonymous with laptops, the greatest security challenge was securing data at rest...

Data privacy and protection requirements – obstacles or business enablers?

Business
The global economy fuels constant growth in cross-border data flows. Yet, borders block trade in the cloud as well as on the ground.  In 2002,...

Integrating XACML into Spring Security

Access Control
Spring takes away some of the great complexities of JEE and is a more light-weight and agile framework. It enables enterprise-level applications to be built...

Advanced Dynamic Data Masking by Format Preserving Encryption

Access Control
This post explains how to apply fine-grained dynamic data masking using the Axiomatics Data Access Filter MD (for Multiple Databases), while minimizing changes to applications...

Focusing on the User Experience of Policy Authoring

Architecture
Version 6 of Axiomatics Policy Server (APS) comes with a brand-new web-based Policy Editor which gives the user a completely new and smooth way of...

Dynamic data masking using a function call

Data Masking
In a previous blog post Andrew Hindle discussed the difference between Data Access Filtering and Dynamic Data Masking. This blog post investigates the advantages of...

Announcing APS 6.0 – The industry’s first web-based graphical UI for XACML policy creation and editing

Business
In addition to the policy editor, APS 6 also introduces the notion of attribute namespaces that help to enable and enhance collaboration in policy writing...

Getting OWASP Top 10 Right with Dynamic Authorization

Access Control
This is a joint post with Gunnar Peterson. Gunnar (@oneraindrop) is a Managing Principal at Arctec Group. He focuses on security architecture consulting and training....

Beyond RBAC and towards ABAC – More Tales from Down Under

Business
Business Analysts are the optimal policy authors “Who writes the policies” is often a question we are asked by customers who are new to the...

Fine-grained data access control across Oracle, IBM DB2 and SQL Servers

Business
In 1668, when Thomas Hobbes wrote ‘knowledge is power’* for the first time ever, it is unlikely he was thinking of knowledge in terms of...

Beyond RBAC and towards ABAC – Tales from Down Under

Business
Business vs. Security Rules How do I determine the difference between a business rule and a security rule? Remarkably, this question came up during three consecutive...

To Filter data, or to Mask data… or both?

Business
Data Filtering is a powerful new technique to ensure that sensitive data stays safely in the database. Many companies have already deployed Data Masking as...

Integrate the CA API Gateway with Axiomatics Policy Server

Access Control 101
As the web constantly evolves, so too do its foundations. Today, the web as we know it is built on web applications, web services, and...

Policy-based Data Filtering

Axiomatics Data Access Filter
“How can I protect the data stored in my database without having to disconnect it completely from the world?” If this sounds familiar, then you...

Applying fine-grained access control in applications and APIs using Axiomatics Java PEP SDK

Architecture
Today, code might look like this: // Approve the PO if (user.approvalLimit>=order.amount){ if (user.location.equals(order.location)){ if (user.id.equals(order.purchaser)==false){ order.approve(); } } } The code snippet above shows...

Data Filtering for Multiple Databases

Axiomatics Data Access Filter
Earlier this year, we released a new product, the Axiomatics Data Access Filter (ADAF). ADAF provides powerful, standards-based data filtering, meaning you can protect your...

The Express Way to ABAC

Axiomatics Policy Server
Externalised authorization is a powerful way to ensure resources are protected and restricted only to those individuals who have the appropriate permissions. Attribute-based access control...

A technical view of the business case for Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) – Part 2

Access Control 101
Third project management use case Use Case 3 (for the two previous use cases, see Part 1 of this blog) is from a project management...

A technical view of the business case for Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) – Part 1

Access Control 101
How such high-level business requirements translate to ABAC on a technical level is not always obvious. The blog post series use a sample application to...

XACML vs. Drools: A Comparison

Business
Enterprises have several options when considering how to address the authorization function for in-house developed applications. In this post, we will compare and contrast the...

Extending the XACML Specification

Access Control
The eXtensible Access Control Markup Language – or XACML offers a standardized way to provide granular and scalable authorization solution across the enterprise application board...

Understanding XACML combining algorithms

Architecture
The XACML policy language uses three structural elements: policy sets, policies, and rules. A policy set can contain any number of policies and policy sets....

Exposing Axiomatics PDP as a REST Authorization Service

Architecture
Axiomatics Policy Server 5.x PDP API The Axiomatics Policy Server exposes its Java Policy Decision Point as a JAX-WS conformant SOAP web service. In addition,...

Authentication vs. Authorization – Part 3: Bringing it all together

Access Control
This is the third and final post of a series examining how authentication – in particular, federated identity and standards-based single sign-on (SSO) – and...

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  Advancive is a security advisory and solution implementation firm focused on identity and access, security risk and compliance management, infrastructure and application security. Leveraging...

Webinar recordings, presentation and ALFA news

Business
A quick post to summarize some developments and webinars that have taken place recently. Axiomatics has decided to make its domain specific authorization language ALFA...

Authentication vs. Authorization – Part 2: SAML and OAuth

Access Control
This is the second post of a three-part series examining how authentication – in particular, federated identity and standards-based single sign-on (SSO) – and attribute...

Authentication vs. Authorization – Part 1: Federated Authentication

Access Control
This will be the first blog of a three-part series examining how authentication (auth’n) — in particular, federated identity and standards-based single sign-on (SSO) —...

Authoring Multiple Decision Profile requests

Architecture
This blog post describes some non trivial scenarios that an access control or authorization developer may encounter and provides several ideas to simplify them by...

Policy Information Point in Five Minutes

Access Control
This blog post intends to give a short but concise introduction to the Policy Information Point (PIP) in the XACML reference model, specifically its role...

Using ALFA Eclipse plugin to author XACML policies – Part 1

Access Control 101
The scenario we will use is that of a car dealership company. In the company, purchase orders are deemed as sensitive resources and hence they...

Using XACML to apply fine-grained access control on Java Servlets with Filters

Access Control 101
XACML Policy Enforcement Points A policy enforcement point (PEP) in the XACML architecture is responsible for: intercepting a business request (e.g. a user web request...

Scaling XACML Architecture Deployment

Architecture
XACML, which stands for eXtensible Access Control Markup Language, exists to solve the problem of authorization (AuthZ) with focus on extensibility, granularity and scalability. From...

Custom claims-based authorization in .NET using Axiomatics PEP SDK for .NET

Tech
Implementation of the custom ClaimsAuthorizationManager The custom authorization manager should derive from ClaimsAuthorizationManager and the only method that must be implemented is CheckAccess. As a...

Custom claims-based authorization in .NET using Axiomatics PEP SDK for .NET

Tech
Implementation of the custom ClaimsAuthorizationManager The custom authorization manager should derive from ClaimsAuthorizationManager and the only method that must be implemented is CheckAccess. As a...

Using Aspect Oriented Programming to apply fine-grained authorization

Architecture
Introduction to AOP Any computer application or system deployed in an enterprise environment has to deal with multiple distinct concerns. Some of them are cross-cutting,...

Blimey! What’s Axiomatics Reverse Query?

Access Control
In the land of XACML, general access control queries are of the form “can user A read document D?” The Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) sends...

XACML Language Structure

Access Control
This is the second in the series of blog posts that covers the basics of XACML. The previous post covered the XACML reference architecture, specifically...

XACML Reference Architecture

Architecture
In this post we will dive deeper into the architecture of XACML, one of the core aspects of the standard. XACML stands for eXtensible Access...

Challenges of ABAC: Access Reviews – Part 2

Access Control
In the previous blog post we reviewed the concept of access review and discussed how well access control models deal with it. Also, at the...

Challenges of ABAC: Access Reviews – Part 1

Access Control
This is a two-parts blog post on the difficulties of doing access reviews with Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) and how to work around them. In...

Developer Outreach: Axiomatics at JavaZone ’13

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The second part to the presentation focus on an introduction to Attribute-based access control or ABAC. ABAC can be seen as the next step after...

Short introduction to Access Control – Part 2

Access Control 101
XACML standard covers three major parts: Reference Architecture: The standard proposes reference architecture with commonly accepted names for the various entities involved in the architecture....

Short introduction to Access Control – Part 1

Access Control 101
(Short) Story of Access Control Access control can be thought of as a way to selectively restrict access to a specific resource. The actual process...

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