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Implementation of the SECURE model in Java

The implementation of a trust-based framework can be a challenge since it involves more than modelling the features of a framework, e.g., trust values and recommendations. The framework implementation must operate in an autonomous environment, with its associated problems, such as unreliable communication channels and lack of uniform naming scheme. Further, to ensure that the framework is usable, its implementation must come as a packaged solution that can be employed in, and customized for, a wide variety of application environments.

The project examined the challenges of implementing a trust-based framework for an autonomous system, and uses the Secure model as a case study. The framework implementation is completely written in the Java programming language and has around 7000 lines of code. We evaluated it for a mail proxy SPAM filter that employs SECURE and that runs over the trust engine. This filter is also written in Java and contains around 3000 lines of code.

The implementation of the framework is generic enough to be used in a number of application scenarios for the further evaluation of the overall approach. The result is primarily for the use of the scientific community as a platform for experimentation on trust-based security policies. It is currently too early to estimate its commercial potential. As a result, no specific steps have been taken at this stage in order to protect any IPR emanating from it.

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