image/svg+xml image/svg+xml Human-Centered Security

Lecture: Human-Centered Security

Semester: SoSe 2020
For: Master
Format: Lecture
Credit Points: 5
StudIP: Lecture, Exercise

Master-level lecture covering concepts and advances of human centered IT security. Topics include the design, planning, execution, and statistical analysis of studies, basic research methodology, and recent advances in human-centered security.

Table of Contents


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0. Introduction
1. Usable Crypto
2. Privacy
3. Ethics, Bias & Passwords
4. Experiment Design
5. Phishing
6. Surveys
7. Contact Tracing
8. Security Warnings
9. Internet of Things
10. Permissions
11. Anonymity
12. Censorship & Summary


Weekly combined lecture & exercise on Tuesdays starting every Tuesday at 14:00 as a remote video conference. Session will be held in our BigBlueButton (URL and Password in StudIP).


Bonus points for the lecture (equivalent to one grade step for the exam) are awarded for reading and summarizing a minimum of 8 out of 12 weekly announced research papers.

For a full list of requirements and best practices, see bonus page and first session.


The exam was on Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 at 08:30.


Please note that the listed literature is just intended as additional information source and is not required for the course.

Book: Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction 2nd Edition
Jonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Feng, and Harry Hochheiser.
ISBN-13: 978-0128053904; Morgan Kaufmann; 2nd Edition (May 3, 2017)
Book: Engineering Security
Peter Gutmann.
Ebook; 758 pages; Published April 1st 2013
Book: Usable security: history, themes, and challenges
Simson Garfinkel and Heather Richter Lipford..
ISBN-13: 978-1627055291; San Rafael, California (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool, 2014.
Book: Security and Usability: Designing Secure Systems that People Can Use
Lorrie Faith Cranor and Simson Garfinkel.
ISBN-13: 978-0596008277; O'Reilly Media; 1st Edition, 2005


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