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Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)

Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)
Heidelberg, Germany, July 6-8, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84102-259-8

Title: Usable Survivability
Author(s): Michael Atighetchi, Andrew Gronosky, Partha Pal, Joseph Loyall
Reference: pp209-212
Keywords: survivability, intrusion tolerance, usability
Abstract: This position paper explores the interplay between usability and
survivability. Survivability is the ability of a system to operate while under attack,
while usability is a composite property indicating ease of use and user satisfaction.
A survivable system necessarily incorporates multiple security mechanisms, and
security and usability sometimes tend to be at odds with each other. The position of
this paper is that usable survivability is fostered by a middleware-based integration
of security mechanisms that a) hides the complexity of interoperating components
and presents a simpler interface to the users and applications, and b) flexibly
balances the security and usability requirements of various stakeholders.
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