Secure Access Through Gateways

Verity gateways are software modules that allow K2 to access information in a variety of different primary storage formats. Each gateway is tied to a particular type of repository (such as HTTP, Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange); the gateway can access documents and metadata in the repository’s native formats.

A user’s role in the organization dictates which documents the user is allowed to access. For example, an employee outside of the Human Resources department should presumably get a “No Results Found” message on the query “layoffs next week” even when a matching document exists that is accessible to Human Resources department employees. K2 supports multiple levels of secure search implementations ranging from the stringent role-based security in the above example, to weaker forms in which the existence (but not the contents) of all matching documents is revealed to the user regardless of his access rights.