Computer Security Resource Center

Computer Security Resource Center

Computer Security
Resource Center

Usable Cybersecurity


Authentication mechanisms such as passwords and multi-factor authentication methods (e.g., smart cards and tokens) provide examples of the challenges involved in creating usable cybersecurity solutions.

We conduct research that explores the usage and usability of authentication mechanisms. We focus on how these mechanisms can be improved to aid in their correct, secure employment by different user populations while avoiding user frustration and circumvention.

Current/recent research projects:

  • Digital identity guidelines - incorporation of usability concerns into digital identity mechanisms and policies
  • Youth passwords - youth perceptions of online safety, privacy, and security from three perspectives: youth themselves, parents/guardians, and teachers/educator

Past projects:


Created November 17, 2016, Updated July 30, 2020