BrandPost: Why Ease-of-Use is Central to Better Security

Here is an old joke from my days as a consultant.

A customer asked, “How can I be sure my computer is protected from viruses?” My admittedly sarcastic response was that they should disconnect it from the network.

Unplugging devices from the network has never been a practical solution, then or now. The world relies on connectivity for business and pleasure — we deploy, buy, stream, and share using networks that comprise the Internet.

Security is a critical part of the online experience, but users shouldn’t notice it.

Usable security? This word pairing is seen as an oxymoron. For example, complex passwords that are impossible to remember and get written on sticky notes, or physical security tokens that get left in a drawer, simply shift the security burden from the digital realm to the physical realm.

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