Peter Wolkerstorfer of the Center of Usability Research and Engineering talked about the connection between Human Factors Engineering and IT Security at the DeepSec 2011 security conference:
"By using practical Web 2.0 examples our talk highlights the design challenges for modern IT-security systems, which are used by a mass of end-users. It is based on the fact that the number of (IT security-) untrained end-users results in security-challenges that are mainly caused by human factors instead of technical problems. Based on “Personas” from the EC funded project uTRUSTit we will highlight the challenges in modern IT-security system design. By comparing the cognitive nature of end-users and developers we will show usability challenges and attempt to provide processes for the solution of current problems and misunderstandings. We will show how a user centric design process (based on ISO/TR16982) can be adopted to tackle the challenges in IT-security system design. The user is the weakest link in the chain and this has to be understood when designing IT security systems."
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