A short examination on the intersection of security and usability (or How usable security could save us all)

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B204


This talk is geared for people with minimal experience with usability and some experience with security


Cryptographic tools have become more powerful in the last three decades. With that power has come complexity. To use or even understand most security tools you need a thorough understanding of mathematics which makes them inaccessible to the general public. The discipline of usability has been growing as well in the past three decades. There have been few but promising overlaps in usability and security which may provide vital tools for managing our digital selves, upholding the principal of privacy, and preserving freedom of speech.


Usability, user centered design, cryptography, security

Speaking experience

Computer, Freedom, and Privacy Mini-Conference. Organized and gave a short talk on the history of CFP. Held at Galois 2013.
Invited to give a tech talk at Galois. I delivered the talk I'm proposing on April 8, 2014. Video will be available the week of April 14th. (here's a link to the Galois promotion: http://corp.galois.com/blog/2014/4/2/tech-talk-a-short-examination-on-the-intersection-of-securit.html)