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Security and Usability: Designing Secure Systems that People Can Use

Security and Usability: Designing Secure Systems that People Can Use

by Lorrie Faith Cranor, Simson Garfinkel
     
 

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Human factors and usability issues have traditionally played a limited role in security research and secure systems development. Security experts have largely ignored usability issues—both because they often failed to recognize the importance of human factors and because they lacked the expertise to address them.

But there is a growing recognition that today

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Human factors and usability issues have traditionally played a limited role in security research and secure systems development. Security experts have largely ignored usability issues—both because they often failed to recognize the importance of human factors and because they lacked the expertise to address them.

But there is a growing recognition that today's security problems can be solved only by addressing issues of usability and human factors. Increasingly, well-publicized security breaches are attributed to human errors that might have been prevented through more usable software. Indeed, the world's future cyber-security depends upon the deployment of security technology that can be broadly used by untrained computer users.

Still, many people believe there is an inherent tradeoff between computer security and usability. It's true that a computer without passwords is usable, but not very secure. A computer that makes you authenticate every five minutes with a password and a fresh drop of blood might be very secure, but nobody would use it. Clearly, people need computers, and if they can't use one that's secure, they'll use one that isn't. Unfortunately, unsecured systems aren't usable for long, either. They get hacked, compromised, and otherwise rendered useless.

There is increasing agreement that we need to design secure systems that people can actually use, but less agreement about how to reach this goal. Security & Usability is the first book-length work describing the current state of the art in this emerging field. Edited by security experts Dr. Lorrie Faith Cranor and Dr. Simson Garfinkel, and authored by cutting-edge security and human-computerinteraction (HCI) researchers world-wide, this volume is expected to become both a classic reference and an inspiration for future research.

Security & Usability groups 34 essays into six parts:

  • Realigning Usability and Security—with careful attention to user-centered design principles, security and usability can be synergistic.
  • Authentication Mechanisms— techniques for identifying and authenticating computer users.
  • Secure Systems—how system software can deliver or destroy a secure user experience.
  • Privacy and Anonymity Systems—methods for allowing people to control the release of personal information.
  • Commercializing Usability: The Vendor Perspective—specific experiences of security and software vendors (e.g.,IBM, Microsoft, Lotus, Firefox, and Zone Labs) in addressing usability.
  • The Classics—groundbreaking papers that sparked the field of security and usability.

This book is expected to start an avalanche of discussion, new ideas, and further advances in this important field.

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Can you build usable systems that are secure? Secure systems that are usable? You can. You must. And this book brings together the principles you need to do it.

Lorrie Faith Cranor and Simson Garfinkel have brought together pioneering contributions from nearly three dozen experts in the field. Those contributions range from research and theory (the psychology of user security, guidelines for secure human-computer interaction) to hands-on practice (building phish-resistant UIs, simplifying PKI for ordinary mortals).

There’s a full section on advanced authentication, from challenge questions and graphical passwords to keystroke biometrics. You’ll find extensive guidance on designing systems for privacy and anonymity. Finally, case studies from Zone Labs, IBM, and Microsoft prove that security can be commercialized. Years from now, this book will be viewed as seminal: Right now, it’s indispensable. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008277
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
740
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Lorrie Faith Cranor is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a faculty member in the Institute for Software Research, International and in the Engineering and Public Policy department. She is director of the CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS).

Simson Garfinkel is a journalist, entrepreneur, and international authority on computer security. Garfinkel is chief technology officer at Sandstorm Enterprises, a Boston-based firm that develops state-of-the-art computer security tools.

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