Laissez-faire file sharing: access control designed for individuals at the endpoints

  title={Laissez-faire file sharing: access control designed for individuals at the endpoints},
  author={Maritza L. Johnson and Steven M. Bellovin and Robert W. Reeder and Stuart E. Schechter},
When organizations deploy file systems with access control mechanisms that prevent users from reliably sharing files with others, these users will inevitably find alternative means to share. Alas, these alternatives rarely provide the same level of confidentiality, integrity, or auditability provided by the prescribed file systems. Thus, the imposition of restrictive mechanisms and policies by system designers and administrators may actually reduce the system's security. We observe that the… CONTINUE READING
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