Coarse-grained vs. fine-grained access control – part I

A few weeks ago, Baljinder Wadhwa, a consultant at HP, started an interesting thread on coarse-grained vs. fine-grained access control trying to figure out what the differences were between the two. His question generated a high level of great answers that went in different directions. This post aims at summarizing those answers, bringing in my own view, and producing a structured answer to Baljinder’s question. Here goes… Vocabulary definition Coarse: (1) composed of relatively large parts or particles <coarse sand> (2) : loose or rough in texture <coarse cloth> Fine: (1) very thin in gauge or texture (2) : not coarse <fine sand> (3) : very small (4) : keen <a knife with a fine edge> (5) : very precise […]