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Usable Security

Course Summary

This course focuses on how to design and build secure systems with a human-centric focus. We will look at basic principles of human-computer interaction, and apply these insights to the design of secure systems with the goal of developing security measures that respect human performance and their goals within a system.

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    Course Syllabus

    SyllabusIntroduction to HCI, usable security, and design

    • Usability
    • Mental and psychological models
    • Design methodology

    Measuring and evaluating usability

    • Usability studies
    • Iterative design


    • Password systems
    • Two-factor authentication and other alternative schemes
    • Biometrics

    Web browsing and security

    • Tracking
    • Anonymous browsing
    • Secure browsing

    Usability and Privacy

    • Personal data sharing
    • Privacy policies / data sharing
    • Personal trait Inference

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    Recommended Background

    • Sophomore/junior-level undergraduate students (and beyond)No programming experience is required.

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    Course Format

    Class will consist of lecture videos that average around 10 minute each. There will be quiz questions associated with each video. There will also be standalone homeworks that are not part of video lectures and a final exam.

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations and Mobility Community

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