Schneier on Security: Security vs. Usability

Schneier on Security: Security vs. Usability

The more secure you make something, the less secure it becomes. Why? Because when security gets in the way, sensible, well-meaning, dedicated people develop hacks and workarounds that defeat the security. Hence the prevalence of doors propped open by bricks and wastebaskets, of passwords pasted on the fronts of monitors or hidden under the keyboard or in the drawer, of home keys hidden under the mat or above the doorframe or under fake rocks that can be purchased for this purpose.

posted at 9:43 am on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 in Links | Comments (1)

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  1. Michelle says:

    I see this every day. I have a really hard time trying to balance security with the willingness to follow the security rules and skill levels of my employees. So many employees don’t understand why security is even in place at all. It is all so nebulous to them, protection from the mysterious, never been seen, hacker is the only thing they think security is there to protect the company information.

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