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Increasing Software Security by Using Mental Models

Märki, Heike and Maas, Miriam and Kauer, Michaela and Oberle, Marius :
Increasing Software Security by Using Mental Models.
In: Advances in Human Factors in Cybersecurity. Florida , pp. 347-359.
[Book Section] , (2016)

Abstract

Cybercrime is a global problem and the economic damages are enormous [1]. Identifying reasons for software vulnerabilities is an important issue with some researchers assuming software developers to be part of the problem. As most developers aren’t security experts they create insecure and thus vulnerable software. To avoid this, a tool that supports software developers in dealing with security issues should be developed. This work uses the structure formation technique [2] as a first step to develop the mental models of software developers when dealing with security measures. A core definition of mental models is compiled and the results of a pilot study deliver valuable information for the supporting tool. In further research the developed mental models of novices’ (software developers) should be compared with the mental models of security experts. On this basis the reliability of the novices’ mental models can be reviewed and occurring problems identified.

Item Type: Book Section
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Märki, Heike and Maas, Miriam and Kauer, Michaela and Oberle, Marius
Title: Increasing Software Security by Using Mental Models
Language: English
Abstract:

Cybercrime is a global problem and the economic damages are enormous [1]. Identifying reasons for software vulnerabilities is an important issue with some researchers assuming software developers to be part of the problem. As most developers aren’t security experts they create insecure and thus vulnerable software. To avoid this, a tool that supports software developers in dealing with security issues should be developed. This work uses the structure formation technique [2] as a first step to develop the mental models of software developers when dealing with security measures. A core definition of mental models is compiled and the results of a pilot study deliver valuable information for the supporting tool. In further research the developed mental models of novices’ (software developers) should be compared with the mental models of security experts. On this basis the reliability of the novices’ mental models can be reviewed and occurring problems identified.

Title of Book: Advances in Human Factors in Cybersecurity
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental models · Software Developers · Software Security · Structure Formation Technique · Supporting Tool ·
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Ergonomics (IAD)
Event Title: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE
Event Location: Florida
Event Dates: 27.-31. July 2016
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 12:13
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