Learn Usable Security online for free from University of Maryland

Learn Usable Security online for free


University of Maryland and Coursera offers an online course on usable security, a part of cyber security for free.

This course focuses on how to design and build secure systems with a human-centric focus. We will look at basic principles of human-computer interaction, and apply these insights to the design of secure systems with the goal of developing security measures that respect human performance and their goals within a system.

About the course:

In many systems, human users are a critical part of the security process. They create passwords, follow security protocols, and share information that can maintain or destroy the security of a system. However, many secure systems are designed with little to no attention paid to people's cognitive abilities, workflow, or tasks. As a result, people find ways around the security obstacles that get in the way of their work.

Course Syllabus:

  • Introduction to HCI, usable security, and design
  • Measuring and evaluating usability
  • Authentication
  • Web browsing and security
  • Usability and Privacy
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Timings: 3 to 5 hours / week

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