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Secure and Usable User Authentication

Mayer, Peter ORCID iD icon


Authentication is a ubiquitous task in users' daily lives. The dominant form of user authentication are text passwords. They protect private accounts like online banking, gaming, and email, but also assets in organisations. Yet, many issues are associated with text passwords, leading to challenges faced by both, users and organisations. This thesis contributes to the body of research enabling secure and usable user authentication, benefiting both, users and organisations. To that end, it addresses three distinct challenges.

The first challenge addressed in this thesis is the creation of correct, complete, understandable, and effective password security awareness materials. To this end, a systematic process for the creation of awareness materials was developed and applied to create a password security awareness material. This process comprises four steps. First, relevant content for an initial version is aggregated (i.e. descriptions of attacks on passwords and user accounts, descriptions of defences to these attacks, and common misconceptions about password and user account security). Then, feedback from information security experts is gathered to ensure the correctness and completeness of the awareness material. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000117445
Veröffentlicht am 04.03.2020
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Kompetenzzentrum für angewandte Sicherheitstechnologie (KASTEL)
Publikationstyp Hochschulschrift
Publikationsdatum 04.03.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000117445
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang VIII, 184 S.
Art der Arbeit Dissertation
Fakultät Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (WIWI)
Institut Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Prüfungsdatum 15.11.2019
Referent/Betreuer Volkamer, M.
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