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Interactive exploration of large filesystems
Author(s): Joshua A. Foster; Kalpathi R. Subramanian; Gail-Joon Ahn
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Paper Abstract

Secure management of file systems of large organizations can present significant challenges to system administrators, in terms of the number of users, shared access to parts of the file system for supporting large software projects, and securing and monitoring critical parts of the file system from intruders. We present interactive visualization tools for monitoring and viewing the complex access control relationships within large file systems. This tool is targeted as an aid to system administrators to manage users, software applications and shared access. We tested our tool on UNC Charlotte's Andrew File System (AFS), which contains 7043 users, 560 user groups, and about 2.1 million directories. Our system displays summary information about the file system, and two types of visualizations to explore access control relationships among classes of users. In addition, drill-down features are provided to explore the user file system structure and manage access control information of any directory within the system. All of the views are linked to permit easy navigation and features are provided that make the system scalable to larger filesystems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5669, Visualization and Data Analysis 2005, (11 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.589656
Show Author Affiliations
Joshua A. Foster, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
Kalpathi R. Subramanian, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
Gail-Joon Ahn, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5669:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2005
Robert F. Erbacher; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Grohn; Katy Borner, Editor(s)

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