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University of Maryland, College Park – Usable Security

University of Maryland, College Park – Usable Security Dimitris Kyrtopoulos



About this Course

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.

Skills you will gain

User Interface


Week 1: Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction: users, usability, tasks, and cognitive models

Week 2: Design: design methodology, prototyping, cybersecurity case study

Week 3: Evaluation: usability studies, A/B testing, quantitative and qualitative evaluation, cybersecurity case study

Week 4: Strategies for Secure Interaction Design: authority, guidelines for interface design

Week 5: Usable Authentication: authentication mechanisms, biometrics, two-factor authentication

Week 6: Usable Privacy: privacy settings, personal data sharing, data inference

Week 7: Final Exam