Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

3/22/2010
12:24 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
Commentary
50%
50%

End User Security: Why Bother?

According to some new research, that's precisely the reason end users don't trouble themselves with strong passwords and safe surfing practices. The risks they believe they're exposed to just don't outweigh the annoyances security imposes.

According to some new research, that's precisely the reason end users don't trouble themselves with strong passwords and safe surfing practices. The risks they believe they're exposed to just don't outweigh the annoyances security imposes.The sure to be controversial research charging that users don't feel any safer when being secure than when not, comes from Cormac Herley, whose day job is as a Microsoft researcher, but who stresses that these findings are his own, and not the company's.

The insights Herley offers certainly seem to ring true -- for all of the buzz and media excitement/hype over security risks, most users simply haven't experienced the sorts of breaches or exploits that reinforce the value of the sorts of practices IT security (and security bloggers and consultants!) argue for.

Herley's point -- not that there's no good reason for strong passwords, say, but that the user doesn't perceive the good reason -- is compelling and a reminder, once more, of what a poor job has been done when it comes to explaining not only security practices but also the reason for them.

Herley's excellent paper, So Long, And No Thanks for the Externalities: The Rational Rejection of Security Advice by Users can be found here, and is well worth reading.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
News
FluBot Malware's Rapid Spread May Soon Hit US Phones
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/28/2021
Slideshows
7 Modern-Day Cybersecurity Realities
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer,  4/30/2021
Commentary
How to Secure Employees' Home Wi-Fi Networks
Bert Kashyap, CEO and Co-Founder at SecureW2,  4/28/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-24259
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-05
The “Elementor Addon Elements� WordPress Plugin before 1.11.2 has several widgets that are vulnerable to stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) by lower-privileged users such as contributors, all via a similar method.
CVE-2021-24260
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-05
The “Livemesh Addons for Elementor� WordPress Plugin before 6.8 has several widgets that are vulnerable to stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) by lower-privileged users such as contributors, all via a similar method.
CVE-2021-24261
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-05
The “HT Mega – Absolute Addons for Elementor Page Builder� WordPress Plugin before 1.5.7 has several widgets that are vulnerable to stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) by ...
CVE-2021-24262
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-05
The “WooLentor – WooCommerce Elementor Addons + Builder� WordPress Plugin before 1.8.6 has a widget that is vulnerable to stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) by lower-priv...
CVE-2021-24263
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-05
The “Elementor Addons – PowerPack Addons for Elementor� WordPress Plugin before 2.3.2 for WordPress has several widgets that are vulnerable to stored Cross-Site Scriptin...