Embracing Security by Design: Security Isn’t a Pretty Picture

A starting point for secure UI and UX? Remember that security measures should frustrate attackers, not users.

One of the reasons why cybersecurity is incredibly difficult is that it touches so many areas of the enterprise. While it’s tempting to focus on data endpoints and intersection points, how people use, misuse and abuse systems also have a profound impact on security.

“Design and usability are pillars for strong security,” says Damilare Fagbemi, founding partner at Resilient Software Security. “The way organizations approach interfaces and usability has a major impact on the image but also on whether everyone can stay safe.”

Of course, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) impacts numerous areas, including websites, apps, emails, text messages, and even physical documents. They can intersect with authentication methods, shopping carts, and areas as diverse as marketing and product support. It’s also remarkably easy to forget that UI and UX affect employees who use systems and devices.

“Cybersecurity protections must be seamlessly incorporated into design processes,” says Therese Schachner, a consultant for VPN Brains. “People require comprehensive, straightforward instructions for various tasks, including creating passwords and using multifactor authentication.”

Dark Reading spoke to experts about the intersection of security and design. While UI and UX may seem like two distinct entities — and to a certain extent they are separate things — they’re also inextricably linked. This article explores the visual elements that lead to secure design.

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