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Role

Overview#

Role is a collection of entitlements that define access rights and definitions.

Roles are used in various Access Control Models.

No common definition of a Role.

Our Entitlement Example shows how we think a Role should be considered.

There is a lot of confusion and differing ideas on Roles when related to IDM. The concept of the role is to provide a level of indirection separating users from fine-grained permissions and assign the permissions to the role and then the role to the various users as desired.

Roles and Entitlements are hard and complex.

A Role is a collection of entitlements (or Privileges) that are created for the various job functions in an organization.

For many of our discussions we will use Role as a collection of Privileges which we may specifically refer to as Entitlements.

Semantic Construct#

A Role is properly viewed as a semantic construct around which Access Control policies are formulated. Some things to keep in mind on roles:
  • The particular collection of users and Privileges brought together by a Role is transitory.
  • The Role is more stable because an organization's Entitlements or functions usually change less frequently.

Role Rules (Dynamic Role Model)#

Rules extend the static model, established by attaching a user to a Role, by examining user attributes such as:
  • department code
  • location code
  • additional known details, such as mail server location

RBAC How are roles different from groups?#

RBAC How are roles different from groups?

RBAC Defining Roles#

TBD

More Information#

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