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Zinaida Benenson

Senior Researcher at the Department of Computer Science,
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)

Dr. Zinaida Benenson is a Senior Researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where she leads the Human Factors in Security and Privacy Group. Her research interests include usability of security- and privacy-enhancing technologies, decision making and risk perception in security and privacy, security and privacy in the Internet of Things (IoT) and economics of security. Zinaida received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Mannheim, Germany, on the topic of cryptographic access control protocols.


Testing Usability of Security Tools

When testing the usability of security tools, we have to consider a unique property of security: Nobody uses computers with the task “to be secure”. Users have other tasks, such as participating in social media, online shopping, managing their emails. Security tools should remain in the background, supporting users in their tasks, and require as little user interaction as possible. This talk shows how to test the usability of security tools using antivirus as an example.