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Restricting Access Privileges to Files based on Time Schedules

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010318D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The disclosed system allows for computer users to control access to files/folders based on time. Users will be able to specify different privileges based on pre-specified time blocks.

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Restricting Access Privileges to Files based on Time Schedules

Disclosed is a system designed to add to the power a user is given in being able to restrict ace privileges to files based on time.

Many times, one would like to allow a network user to have access to a file/folder for only a specified period of time (e.g., for a specified block of time, for a specified repeating block of time, etc.) From there, the user would like to be able to further specify what type of privileges a user can have during the block of time specified (e.g., write/read). The proposed system aims to add this functionality to current operating systems.

Incorporated into the operating system will be the ability for a network admin to restrict access to a network user based on a block of time. For instance, an admin will be able to specify that they only want a certain user to be able to access a certain folder during a specific a specific block of time (e.g., on August 17 from 1-5 pm). Also, the admin will be able to specify access for repeating blocks (e.g., every Wednesday or every last day of the month from 5-6 pm).

From there, the user will be able to specify even further that during specified blocks, what type of write/read access privileges should occur. For instance, let us say that we have a network directory that we only want people to read from 8am to 10pm. During this time, the operating system will automatically mark this directory with read-only privileges. Now from 10pm til...