Security and usability research using a microworld environment Conference Paper uri icon


  • Technological developments and the addition of new features to existing applications or services require the inclu sion of security mechanisms to protect the user. When using these mechanisms the user faces a tradeoff between more risky and more e fficient or safer and less efficient use of the system. We disc uss this tradeoff and present a novel complementary experimental syst em which provides researchers and corporations the ability t o explore and model the usability and security tradeoff in the co ntext of user interaction with security systems and psychological acceptability, even before the actual development and implementation processes have ended.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009