Patents by Inventor Birgit Monika Pfitzmann

Birgit Monika Pfitzmann has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10419393
    Abstract: Various embodiments manage the migration of servers. In one embodiment, a set of server-level dependency information is obtained for servers to be migrated from a source computing environment to a target computing environment. A set of network configuration data is obtained for a plurality of network devices associated with the servers. The set of server-level dependency information is updated to include one or more additional dependencies of at least one of the servers based on the set of network configuration data. Updating the set of server-level dependency information generates an updated set of dependency information. The servers are assigned to multiple migration groups based on the updated set of dependency information. The migration groups optimize cross-group dependencies among the migration groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joel W. Branch, Michael Elton Nidd, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Publication number: 20180332109
    Abstract: Various embodiments manage the migration of servers. In one embodiment, a set of server-level dependency information is obtained for servers to be migrated from a source computing environment to a target computing environment. A set of network configuration data is obtained for a plurality of network devices associated with the servers. The set of server-level dependency information is updated to include one or more additional dependencies of at least one of the servers based on the set of network configuration data. Updating the set of server-level dependency information generates an updated set of dependency information. The servers are assigned to multiple migration groups based on the updated set of dependency information. The migration groups optimize cross-group dependencies among the migration groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Joel W. BRANCH, Michael Elton NIDD, Birgit Monika PFITZMANN
  • Patent number: 8826425
    Abstract: A system and method for discovering security classifications of network areas includes representing actually allowed network flows and flows permitted by a security policy in a format that enables comparison. The actually allowed network flows and the security policy are provided in a networked computing environment including network areas, wherein each network area is a collection of one or more computing and network devices, and enterprise security policy defines security requirements for security classifications. An assignment of security classifications to network areas is determined by comparing the actually allowed network flows with the flows permitted by the security policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Birgit Monika Pfitzmann, Harigovind Venkatraj Ramasamy, Cheng-Lin Tsao
  • Patent number: 8122138
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, also maintain a relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP has a relationship with one of the user's AIPs, then the user will be able to direct the ECSP to an AIP when the ECSP needs user attribute information to complete a transaction for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, III, Heather Maria Hinton, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Patent number: 8060632
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, also maintain a relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP has a relationship with one of the user's AIPs, then the user will be able to direct the ECSP to an AIP when the ECSP needs user attribute information to complete a transaction for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, III, Heather Maria Hinton, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Publication number: 20110131628
    Abstract: A system and method for discovering security classifications of network areas includes representing actually allowed network flows and flows permitted by a security policy in a format that enables comparison. The actually allowed network flows and the security policy are provided in a networked computing environment including network areas, wherein each network area is a collection of one or more computing and network devices, and enterprise security policy defines security requirements for security classifications. An assignment of security classifications to network areas is determined by comparing the actually allowed network flows with the flows permitted by the security policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Birgit Monika Pfitzmann, Harigovind Venkatraj Ramasamy, Cheng-Lin Tsao
  • Patent number: 7853549
    Abstract: A method for rule compliance situation checking is provided. The method in one aspect, includes the steps of: a) building a rule model for predefined rules and building a business operational model for business processes; b) normalizing vocabularies in the rule model and the business operational model; c) checking whether the rule model is satisfied by the business operational model; and d) outputting a report on checking results. The present invention also provides a corresponding system for rule compliance checking. The rule compliance checking of the present invention allows users to perform fast and effective automatic checking of rule compliance, avoid interference of man-made factors in checking process to a great extent and thus guarantee veracity of checking results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ying Huang, Haiqi Liang, Ying Liu, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann, Jian Wang, Xin Zhou, Jun Zhu
  • Publication number: 20100287235
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, also maintain a relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP has a relationship with one of the user's AIPs, then the user will be able to direct the ECSP to an AIP when the ECSP needs user attribute information to complete a transaction for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, III, Heather Maria Hinton, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Publication number: 20100287291
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, also maintain a relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP has a relationship with one of the user's AIPs, then the user will be able to direct the ECSP to an AIP when the ECSP needs user attribute information to complete a transaction for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, III, Heather Maria Hinton, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Patent number: 7797434
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, also maintain a relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP has a relationship with one of the user's AIPS, then the user will be able to direct the ECSP to an AIP when the ECSP needs user attribute information to complete a transaction for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, III, Heather Maria Hinton, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Patent number: 7725562
    Abstract: A computer system is presented for facilitating storage and retrieval of user attribute information within a federated environment at entities that manage such information as a service. Through enrollment processes, certain domains inform online service providers of identities of attribute information providers that may be used to retrieve user attribute information for a particular user. When performing a user-specific operation with respect to a requested resource, e.g., for personalizing documents using user attribute information or for determining user access privileges for the resource, an e-commerce service provider requires user attribute information, which is retrieved from an attribute information provider that has been previously specified through an enrollment operation. The e-commerce service provider may store the identity of the user's attribute information providers in a persistent token, e.g., an HTTP cookie, that is available when the user sends a request for access to a resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, III, Heather Maria Hinton, Anthony Joseph Nadalin, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Patent number: 7685300
    Abstract: A method is presented for obtaining information from a client for the benefit of a server using a particular communication protocol that the server does not implement. A primary server receives a client-generated request, and the primary server sends a first request to a secondary server as part of the processing of the client-generated request. While processing the first request, the secondary server determines a need for data obtainable from a client application that supports user interaction using a communication protocol for which the secondary server is not configured to implement. The secondary server sends a second request to the primary server for obtaining data that results from using the communication protocol. The secondary server subsequently receives the resulting data and continues to process the first request using the resulting data, after which the secondary server returns a response for the first request to the primary server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Warwick Leslie Burrows, Guenter Karioth, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann, Matthias Schunter, Anthony Scott Moran, Brian James Turner
  • Patent number: 7496552
    Abstract: A method for rule compliance situation checking is provided. The method in one aspect, includes the steps of: a) building a rule model for predefined rules and building a business operational model for business processes; b) normalizing vocabularies in the rule model and the business operational model; c) checking whether the rule model is satisfied by the business operational model; and d) outputting a report on checking results. The present invention also provides a corresponding system for rule compliance checking. The rule compliance checking of the present invention allows users to perform fast and effective automatic checking of rule compliance, avoid interference of man-made factors in checking process to a great extent and thus guarantee veracity of checking results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ying Huang, Haiqi Liang, Ying Liu, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann, Jian Wang, Xin Zhou, Jun Zhu
  • Publication number: 20080301080
    Abstract: A method for rule compliance situation checking is provided. The method in one aspect, includes the steps of: a) building a rule model for predefined rules and building a business operational model for business processes; b) normalizing vocabularies in the rule model and the business operational model; c) checking whether the rule model is satisfied by the business operational model; and d) outputting a report on checking results. The present invention also provides a corresponding system for rule compliance checking. The rule compliance checking of the present invention allows users to perform fast and effective automatic checking of rule compliance, avoid interference of man-made factors in checking process to a great extent and thus guarantee veracity of checking results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying Huang, Haiqi Liang, Ying Liu, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann, Jian Wang, Xin Zhou, Jun Zhu
  • Publication number: 20040128378
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, also maintain a relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP has a relationship with one of the user's AIPS, then the user will be able to direct the ECSP to an AIP when the ECSP needs user attribute information to complete a transaction for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, Heather Maria Hinton, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Publication number: 20040128390
    Abstract: A computer system is presented for facilitating storage and retrieval of user attribute information within a federated environment at entities that manage such information as a service. Through enrollment processes, certain domains inform online service providers of identities of attribute information providers that may be used to retrieve user attribute information for a particular user. When performing a user-specific operation with respect to a requested resource, e.g., for personalizing documents using user attribute information or for determining user access privileges for the resource, an e-commerce service provider requires user attribute information, which is retrieved from an attribute information provider that has been previously specified through an enrollment operation. The e-commerce service provider may store the identity of the user's attribute information providers in a persistent token, e.g., an HTTP cookie, that is available when the user sends a request for access to a resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, Heather Maria Hinton, Anthony Joseph Nadalin, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann
  • Publication number: 20040128546
    Abstract: A system is presented for facilitating management of user attribute information at one or more attribute information providers (AIPs), which can manage the user's attribute information in accordance with user-selected or administratively-determined options, including options that are stored in attribute release policies and/or dynamically determined during a transaction. E-commerce service providers (ECSPs), such as online banks or merchants, may maintain a trust relationship with an AIP such that the ECSP can trust the user attribute information that is provided by the AIP on behalf of the user. The user can complete transactions that require user attribute information at any ECSP without having to have previously established a relationship with that particular ECSP. If the ECSP does not have a trust relationship with one of the user's AIPs, then the ECSP can rely upon a trust proxy to interpret and validate an attribute assertion that is received from an AIP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Robert Blakley, Heather Maria Hinton, Anthony Joseph Nadalin, Birgit Monika Pfitzmann