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Security+ Training Guide by Todd King

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General Security Concepts

  • A mandatory access control (MAC) policy is characterized by information classification and user clearance levels.

  • MAC policy dictates that a user cannot change the security permissions or configuration.

  • MAC policy is layered and is also referenced as a “latticed” approach.

  • A discretionary access control (DAC) policy is characterized by a user's ability to pass on permissions.

  • A DAC policy also identifies the owner of information. The owner has control over who gets permissions to the object and what those permissions will be (hence, the owner's discretion).

  • A role-based access control (RBAC) policy identifies users in the company based on a job function or logical business grouping. Permissions are granted to the group and ...

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