Models for access control Course

IAM policies can be built on a few different access control models. Learn about the four access control models and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

55 minutes

Course description

IAM policies can be built using four primary models for access control. Explore the mandatory access control, discretionary access control, role-based access control and attribute-based access control models. Learn how these models differ and the strengths and weaknesses of each of them.


Overview access control models course

Video - 00:01:00

An overview of the access control models course.
Attribute-based access control

Video - 00:11:00

This video describes attribute-based access control (ABAC) and its pros and cons.
Role-based access control

Video - 00:14:00

This video describes role-based access control (RBAC) and its pros and cons.
Discretionary access control

Video - 00:10:00

This video describes discretionary access control (DAC) and its pros and cons.
Mandatory access control

Video - 00:15:00

This video describes mandatory access control (MAC) and its pros and cons.
Introduction to access control models

Video - 00:05:00

This video introduces the four access control models.

Meet the author

Howard Poston

Howard Poston is a copywriter, author, and course developer with experience in cybersecurity and blockchain security, cryptography, and malware analysis. He has an MS in Cyber Operations, a decade of experience in cybersecurity, and over five years of experience as a freelance consultant providing training and content creation for cyber and blockchain security. He is also the creator of over a dozen cybersecurity courses, has authored two books, and has spoken at numerous cybersecurity conferences. He can be reached by email at or via his website at

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