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What Usable Security Really Means: Trusting and Engaging Users
Non-compliance with security mechanisms and processes poses a sig-nificant risk to organizational security. Current approaches focus on designing systems that restrict user actions to make them ‘secure’, or providing user interfaces to make security tools ‘easy to use’. We argue that an important but often-neglected aspect of compliance is trusting employees to ‘do what’s right’ for security. Previous studies suggest that most employees are intrinsically motivated to behave securely, and that contextual elements of their relationship with the organization provide further motivation to stay secure. Drawing on research on trust, usable security, and economics of information security, we outline how the organization-employee trust relationship can be leveraged by securi-ty designers.
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