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January 2006

Secure Reads: Security and Usability

Security and Usability Edited by Lorrie Faith Cranor and Simson Garfinkel O'Reilly, 714 pages, $44.95 @exb Security and Usability @exe It has become fashionable for information security professionals to blame poorly designed user interfaces as the root cause of many security failures. But until now, little has been available outside of academic literature to support these allegations. Security and Usability could create a paradigm shift in its field. Its editors--Lorrie Faith Cranor and Simson Garfinkel, both academically trained computer scientists--have produced a text that explains one of the most important security concepts: Usability issues are inextricably linked to the information system security. Usability and Security introduces infosecurity pros to several new security fields: human-computer interaction, usability design and data privacy. As we move beyond the Stone Age of our profession, only the inflexible or indolent can choose to remain ignorant of these new ways to approach security issues. "The user is the enemy"...

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Features in this issue

  • Mining NetFlow

    Your routers and switches can yield a mother lode of security information about your network--if you know where to dig

  • Help From Above

    Security managers are looking to the keepers of the Internet cloud for relief.

  • Secure communications

    by  Dr. Juergen Schneider

    This tip covers ways that you can secure a network to protect data from internal as well as external attacks.

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