By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 13 -- AFRL/RIJ, Rome, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,532,978) developed by Ronald C. Turner, Spokane, Wash., for a "natural language interface, compiler and de-compiler for security policies."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for enabling non-programmers to create certifiable Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) policies. The graphical user interface (GUI) presents a form to the security policy author using a natural language such as English, as specified by a context-free grammar. The compiler software translates the GUI's filled-in form--representing a human-readable natural language policy--into XACML code. A reverse compiler or de-compiler provides a certification of the XACML code to render the original policy in a natural language format such as English. Optionally, a tokenized intermediate form, a set of policy-specific data sets and a graph theory-based intermediate representation can be configured. Logic checks and code validation checks can be also preferably configured. Apparatus and medium claims are also provided."
The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/263,307). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,532,978.PN.&OS=PN/8,532,978&RS=PN/8,532,978
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.