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Appropriation and Principled Security

Dodier-Lazaro, S; (2015) Appropriation and Principled Security. In: Proceedings of Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, Circumstances, and Design. European conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW): Oslo, Norway. Green open access

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Abstract

Secure systems have a reputation of being unusable and demanding on users, a situation attributed to a lack of usability and human factors expertise among security experts. We argue that the issue of unusable security might have deeper roots. Indeed, the design principles security relies on are out of touch with the reality of nowadays’ computing practices. In particular, the security principles of least privilege and fail-safe defaults strip human users of their ability to reconfigure systems and leave them stranded when facing interaction breakdowns. Security principles therefore prevent the reppropriation of systems they mediate both in unexpected practices and by unexpected users. We propose several leads to lessen the negative impact of those principles on secure systems.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Appropriation and Principled Security
Event: ECSCW 2015 Workshop on Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, Circumstances, and Design
Location: Oslo, Norway
Dates: 20 September 2015 - 20 September 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://projects.hci.sbg.ac.at/ecscw2015/wp-conten...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541144
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