Adrienne Porter Felt – Building Smart & Opinionated Security Warnings

Building Smart & Opinionated Security Warnings

SSL is supposed to protect your e-mail, Tweets, and bank records from network
attackers. Most of the time, SSL keeps your data safe — but sometimes the SSL
connection setup fails. When this happens, your browser will warn you about the
risk and ask you what to do. These warnings are problematic because often
neither the browser nor the user knows whether the error indicates a real
attack. Chrome’s security team is tackling this problem by building smarter and
more opinionated warnings. I’ll talk about both challenges: first, how we’re
using design techniques to make our UI more convincing; and second, how we’re
combining client and crawler data to improve warning accuracy.

About Adrienne Porter Felt

Adrienne Porter Felt is a software engineer on the Chrome security team, where
she is the tech lead for Chrome usable security. In this role, she works on
improving how and when Chrome presents security information. Recently, she’s
focused on promoting the adoption of HTTPS and reducing the rate of HTTPS
misconfigurations. Previously, Adrienne was a research scientist on the Google
security research team. Adrienne received a PhD in computer science from UC
Berkeley. As a graduate student, Adrienne was a Facebook fellow and Anita Borg
scholar.

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Event Details

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

7:30-8:00 pm: Registration
8:00-9:00 pm: Presentation
9:00-10:00 pm: Social Hour

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