Security

User-Centered Design of Secure Software

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Executive Summary

With the advance of electronic commerce and other networked services there is a growing need for easy to use secure software. The problem with the security features and applications in much of today's software is that it is very technology-oriented. In order to correctly use it a basic knowledge of the underlying technology is often necessary. The objective is to develop a security concept that supports a user in making educated decisions and managing security issues in everyday networked service access situation. In this paper the authors present a user centered approach to the design of security software. They apply user centered design to the development of a security manager concept for a portable computer and communication device.

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