Visible to the public Characterizing user behavior and anticipating its effects on computer security with a Security Behavior Observatory - January 2021Conflict Detection Enabled

PI(s), Co-PI(s), Researchers:

Lorrie Cranor, Nicolas Christin

Researchers: Sarah Pearman, Jeremy Thomas

HARD PROBLEM(S) ADDRESSED
This refers to Hard Problems, released November 2012.

The Security Behavior Observatory addresses the hard problem of "Understanding and Accounting for Human Behavior" by collecting data directly from people's own home computers, thereby capturing people's computing behavior "in the wild". This data is the closest to the ground truth of the users' everyday security and privacy challenges that the research community has ever collected. We expect the insights discovered by analyzing this data will profoundly impact multiple research domains, including but not limited to behavioral sciences, computer security & privacy, economics, and human-computer interaction.

PUBLICATIONS

N/A this quarter

PUBLIC ACCOMPLISHMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The purpose is to give our immediate sponsors a body of evidence that the funding they are providing is delivering results that "more than justify" the investment they are making.

The SBO addresses the hard problem of "Understanding and Accounting for Human Behavior" by collecting data directly from people's own home computers, thereby capturing people's computing behavior "in the wild". This data is the closest to the ground truth of the users' everyday security and privacy challenges that the research community has ever collected.

We currently have multiple projects in progress for potential submission to conferences in 2021, and we have one paper under review for a conference in 2021 that uses our in-situ data to explore how home users learn about breaches online and how they take actions to protect their data and accounts after learning about breaches.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS

EDUCATIONAL ADVANCES (If Applicable)