The Convergence of Security and Usability: Defining a Framework for Mobile Design

  • Ann-Marie Horcher
  • Gurvirender Tejay
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 373)


Security and usability have traditionally been at odds in the design process [1]. In spite of this, the usability of security is widely recognized as a key component of security effectiveness[2-4] Design principles for good security have been designed by security experts [5]. Similarly principles for designed usability have also been created by usability experts [6-8]. In both cases the design principles were defined for the traditional workstation environment, instead of the mobile environment. This study examines both security and usability design principles for conflict or convergence, specifically in relation to a mobile environment. The resulting framework of combined security-usability principles identifies which design principles are critical for success in the mobile environment.


usability security mobile devices design principles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann-Marie Horcher
    • 1
  • Gurvirender Tejay
    • 1
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityUSA

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