Usability of Policy Authoring tools: A layered approach

Stephanie Weinhardt, Olamide Omolola

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Many policy authoring tools lack usability, and this deficiency often deters new users from using the tools. In this paper, we propose an approach to make policy authoring more usable and enable novice users to create policies. The process of creating a trust policy using a trust policy language has different levels of complexity for different users. This paper identifies three categories of such users and introduces a three-layered approach to cater to each user group. The approach intuitively reduces the functionalities available based on the capability of each group of users and therefore making policy creation more usable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICISSP 2019 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy
EditorsPaolo Mori, Olivier Camp, Steven Furnell
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789897583599
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy: ICISSP 2019 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 23 Feb 201925 Feb 2019


Conference5th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy
Abbreviated titleICISSP 2019
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Layered Approach
  • Policy Authoring
  • Trust Policy
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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