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Computer security impaired by legal users

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Denis Besnard, Dr Leonardus Arief



Computer security has traditionally been assessed from a technical point of view. In this paper, we wish to adopt a cognitive standpoint and investigate some of the cognitive processes involved in computer security. One angle which is not considered very often is the active role played by legal users of systems in impairing the level of protection. In this paper, we thus attempt to highlight the cognitive processes underlying security impairments by legal users. This approach relies on the concept of trade-off. At the end of the paper, we propose a short usability-centered set of recommendations.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Besnard D, Arief B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2003

Pages: 11

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

Source Publication Date: 2003

Report Number: 794

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne