Users Are Not The Enemy

@article{Adams1999UsersAN,
  title={Users Are Not The Enemy},
  author={Anne Adams and M. Angela Sasse},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1999},
  volume={42},
  pages={40-46}
}
Many system security departments treat users as a security risk to be controlled. The general consensus is that most users are careless and unmotivated when it comes to system security. In a recent study, we found that users may indeed compromise computer security mechanisms, such as password authentication, both knowing and unknowingly. A closer analysis, however, revealed that such behavior is often caused by the way in which security mechanisms are implemented, and users’ lack of knowledge… CONTINUE READING

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