Patent Number: 8,793,781

Title: Method and system for analyzing policies for compliance with a specified policy using a policy template

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for analyzing policies for compliance with a specified policy. The method comprises the steps of creating a policy template representing said specified policy, and comparing a group of given policies to said policy template to determine whether said given policies conflict with said specified policy. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the specified policy may include specified rules, the given policies include a plurality of given rules, and the policy template expresses said specified rules. In this preferred embodiment, the comparing step includes the step of comparing said plurality of given rules to the policy template to determine whether any of said given rules conflicts with said specified rules. In addition, preferably, if conflicts are found between said given policies and said specified policy, the given policies are modified to eliminate the conflicts.

Inventors: Grossi; Aldo P. (Wallingford, PA), Karat; Claire-Marie N. (Greenwich, CT), Malkin; Peter K. (Ardsley, NY), Zunic; Nevenko (Hopewell Junction, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 21/00 (20130101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018