usability vs security
Marrying usability and security in large-scale infrastructures
Usability is often thought of as the opposite of security. However, most of the security controls inside operating systems and most of the security tools that run there are designed for being operated by humans. This talk is a summary of Eugene’s experience in building and seeing engineers integrate the security tooling – how security controls and tools are mis-designed and fail once used, how poorly integrated controls decrease the overall security of a system, and how lessons learned in reliability/infrastructure engineering apply to security tooling to fix that.
Making security usable: product engineer perspective
This is a story of going over the typical security challenges: how to build products that reliably deliver security guarantees, how to avoid the typical pitfalls, and how to create tools that could be usable and predictable for real users. It’s a tale of balancing religious adherence to security practices while keeping the customers' needs in mind all the time, inside the development team; a story of listening to the customers and observing the actual user behaviour outside in the wild, and trying to make the best decisions when it comes to empowering the customers with easy tools for encrypting data in their apps, securely and without pain. Presented for senior software engineers at QConNYC.