Jumping security hurdles

It is widely recognised that success in tackling security issues often depends upon acknowledgement and action by individuals. To quote Amit Yoran, erstwhile director of the National Cyber Security Division within the US Department of Homeland Security: “The human...

Security beliefs and barriers for novice internet users

End-users are now recognized as being at increased risk in online scenarios, with a range of threats that seek to specifically target them and exploit their systems. Novice users are particularly likely to face difficulties in this context, as their unfamiliarity with...

Making security usable: Are things improving?

Given the increased focus on the need for usable security, it is now to be hoped that the issue will receive greater attention in new software releases. Unfortunately, however, there is still evidence to suggest that usable security receives insufficient consideration...

Phishing: Can we spot the signs?

Dr Steven Furnell at Plymouth University has conducted research, which looks at why some computer users still can’t tell the difference between an official email and a phishing scam. Steven Furnell looks at the increasing sophistication of phishing emails and...