Friday, August 01, 2003

XACML - eXtensible Access Control Markup Language

XACML - eXtensible Access Control Markup Language, the newest standard in encoded data exchange, makes possible a simple, flexible way to express and enforce access control policies in a variety of environments, using a single language. A new, open-source implementation of the standard -- Sun Microsystems Laboratories' Java technology-based XACML 1.0 -- is now downloadable and attracting the cooperation of the developer community.

Here are three reasons why XACML may soon emerge as the single standard:

XACML is designed around, and written in, XML, which enjoys a wide and expanding base in global enterprise environments.

OASIS, which drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards, has ratified XACML.

XACML places a set of powerful features at the disposal of developers. It allows a firm to create and deploy authorization policies to match its mix of assets and business use-cases, then plug in additional policies as the business and its standards evolve.

A Programmer's Guide is also available.

It seems you can use XML for just about anything these days.

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