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General Access Control Guidance for Cloud Systems



Chung Tong Hu, Michaela Iorga, Wei Bao, Ang Li, Qinghua Li, Antonios Gouglidis


This document presents cloud access control characteristics and a set of general access control guidance for cloud service models: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and SaaS (Software as a Service). Different service delivery models require managing different types of access on offered service components. Such service models can be considered hierarchical, thus the access control guidance of functional components in a lower-level service model are also applicable to the same functional components in a higher-level service model. In general, access control guidance for IaaS is also applicable to PaaS and SaaS, and access control guidance for IaaS and PaaS is also applicable to SaaS. However, each service model has its own focus with regard to access control requirements for its service.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-210
Report Number


access control, access control mechanism, Cloud, cloud systems, policy, authorization ABAC, RBAC


, C. , Iorga, M. , Bao, W. , Li, A. , Li, Q. and Gouglidis, A. (2020), General Access Control Guidance for Cloud Systems, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created July 30, 2020, Updated August 10, 2020