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Inside the NIST team working to make cybersecurity more user-friendly

July 11, 2019 / Zeljka Zorz

Cybersecurity is usually not a user’s primary duty, yet they suffer an increasing burden to respond to security warnings, maintain many complex passwords, and make security decisions for which they are not equipped. This is the main reason why security needs to be usable and why the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a team of researchers working on projects aimed at understanding and improving the usability of cybersecurity software, hardware, systems, and processes. “Our team works towards influencing cybersecurity standards and guidelines. For example, we were responsible for the inclusion of usability considerations in the NIST Special Publication 800-63 Digital Identity Guidelines,” Mary Theofanos, the leader of the NIST Usable Cybersecurity team, explained to Help Net Security.