Definition

policy engine

Contributor(s): Sharon Zaharoff

A policy engine is a software component that allows an organization to create, monitor and enforce rules about how network resources and the organization's data can be accessed.  

The policy engine relies on a combination of network analytics and programmed rules to grant role-based permissions based on any number of factors, such as hierarchy of need. For example, a policy engine might identify a specific employee connecting to the network and give that person access to resources for their user group -- but nothing else. The policy engine might also be used to ensure that the employee's computing device is free of malware before it is allowed on the network. 

 

 

 

This was last updated in December 2013

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