Cyber Security and Social Computing: Situated Usability Testing

Posted 1 year ago by Marc Dupuis

School(s) : STEM
Primary PI Name : Marc Dupuis
Email : marcjd@uw.edu
Phone : 425-352-5016
Project/Faculty Website : http://faculty.washington.edu/marcjd/
Research Location : UW Bothell
Project Goals : Security is almost never the user’s primary task. Research often tries to examine it directly, which isn’t realistic. Situated usability testing in this context involves looking at how people respond to cyber security when performing another task (e.g., online banking). Goals: 1. Develop online banking scenarios to test security perceptions and behavior, 2. Develop and test enhanced security features, and 3. Compare results of experiments when the users are informed that security is the primary task vs. when they are not.
Student Qualifications : -Self-motivated and a strong team player with good communication skills. -Interest in reading, analyzing, understanding, and summarizing prior research. -Creativity. -Ability to program a realistic mock-up of an online banking site.
Time Frame : Attend weekly research meetings.
Cybersecurity

  • School(s) : STEM
  • Primary PI Name : Marc Dupuis
  • Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : marcjd@uw.edu
  • Phone : 425-352-5016
  • Project/Faculty Website : http://faculty.washington.edu/marcjd/
  • Research Location : UW Bothell
  • Project Goals : Security is almost never the user’s primary task. Research often tries to examine it directly, which isn’t realistic. Situated usability testing in this context involves looking at how people respond to cyber security when performing another task (e.g., online banking). Goals: 1. Develop online banking scenarios to test security perceptions and behavior, 2. Develop and test enhanced security features, and 3. Compare results of experiments when the users are informed that security is the primary task vs. when they are not.
  • Student Qualifications : -Self-motivated and a strong team player with good communication skills. -Interest in reading, analyzing, understanding, and summarizing prior research. -Creativity. -Ability to program a realistic mock-up of an online banking site.
  • Number of Student Positions Available : 2
  • Time Frame : Attend weekly research meetings.