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September 11, 2013

Yu Receives NSF Award for Mobile Device Security Research

Dr. Ting Yu, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $267,096 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “User-Centric Risk Communication and Control on Mobile Devices.”
The award will run from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016. 
Abstract – Human-system interactions is an integral part of any system. Because the vast majority of ordinary users have limited technical knowledge and can easily be confused and/or worn out by repeated security notifications/questions, the quality of users’ decisions tends to be very low. On the other hand, any system targeting end-users must have the flexibility to accommodate a wide spectrum of different users, and therefore needs to get the full range of users involved in the decision making loop. This dilemma between fallible human nature and inevitable human decision-making is one main challenge to the goal of improving security. In this project, we aim to develop principles and mechanisms for usable risk communication and control. The major technical innovations include (1) multi-granularity risk communications; (2) relative risk information in the context of comparison with alternatives; (3) Discover and integrate risk information from multiple sources; (4) Expand opportunities for risk communication and control.
For more information on Dr. Yu, click here.


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