Password policy languages: usable translation from the informal to the formal
Michelle P. Steves, Mary F. Theofanos, Celia Paulsen, Athos Ribeiro
Password policies documents which regulate how users must create, manage, and change their passwords can have complex and unforeseen consequences on organizational security. Since these policies regulate user behavior, users must be clear as to what is expected of them. Unfortunately, current policies are written in language that is often ambiguous. To tackle ambiguity, we previously developed a formal language for stating what behavior is and is not allowed when creating, managing, and changing passwords. Unfortunately manual translation of the policy to this formal language is time consuming and error prone. This work focuses on providing an interface for end users to generate accurate models of their interpretations of a password policy to aid in password policy research, formalization, and ultimately more usable password policies. This paper describes the requirements, design, high-level application features, application validation, user testing, and a discussion of how this work is expected to progress.
3rd International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust
August 2-7, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
, Theofanos, M.
, Paulsen, C.
and Ribeiro, A.
Password policy languages: usable translation from the informal to the formal, 3rd International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust, Los Angeles, CA, [online], https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20376-8_11
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