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Towards Adaptive Compliance

García-Galán, Jesús; Pasquale, Liliana; Grispos, George and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2016). Towards Adaptive Compliance. In: SEAMS '16: Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems, ACM, New York, pp. 108–114.

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Mission critical software is often required to comply with multiple regulations, standards or policies. Recent paradigms, such as cloud computing, also require software to operate in heterogeneous, highly distributed, and changing environments. In these environments, compliance requirements can vary at runtime and traditional compliance management techniques, which are normally applied at design time, may no longer be sufficient. In this paper, we motivate the need for adaptive compliance by illustrating possible compliance concerns determined by runtime variability. We further motivate
our work by means of a cloud computing scenario, and present two main contributions. First, we propose and justify a process to support adaptive compliance that extends the traditional compliance management lifecycle with the activities of the Monitor-Analyse-Plan-Execute (MAPE) loop, and enacts adaptation through re-configuration. Second, we explore the literature on software compliance and classify existing work in terms of the activities and concerns of adaptive compliance. In this way, we determine how the literature can support our proposal and what are the open research challenges that need to be addressed in order to fully support adaptive compliance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author(s)
ISBN: 1-4503-4187-X, 978-1-4503-4187-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not Set291652ERC (European Research Council)
Not Set10/CE/I1855SFI (Science Foundation Ireland)
Keywords: adaptive compliance; challenges; compliance as a service; self-adaptation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 46533
Depositing User: Danielle Lilly
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 13:13
Last Modified: 24 May 2020 13:56
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