Vulnerabilities in Personal Firewalls Caused by Poor Security Usability
Source: University of Orleans
Poor usability of IT security present a serious security vulnerability which can be exploited to compromise systems that are otherwise secure. This is of particular concern when considering that the majority of people connecting to the Internet are not experts in IT security. Personal firewalls represent the most important security mechanisms for protecting users against Internet security threats. However, the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage and operate some aspects of a firewall may surpasses the capability of the average user. A set of security usability principles can be used to determined whether a security system has good usability.