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Usability Vs. Security: Finding The Right Balance In Enterprise App Development


Here’s how you can get the right mix of security and usability in your apps; effective tips by Enterprise app development team at Helios Solutions. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Usability Vs. Security: Finding The Right Balance In Enterprise App Development

  • Security need not be a compromise on usability!

  • The importance of security cannot be overlooked
    by an enterprise application development company
    as the scale of data breaches reported year by
    year have been staggering.
  • This in turn raises a concern for developers that
    security does not get in the way of usability and
    hinder app performance.
  • Now, how to make usability and security go hand
    in hand?
  • Before digging deeper, lets find out if security
    really impedes usability?

Does security impedes usability?
  • Well, the inherent conflict between usability and
    security does flourish at the workplace with
    users longing for ease of use while systems
    owners desiring comprehensive security.
  • As security is mostly added at the end of
    development, it limits access to applications and
    also obstructs usability.
  • Balancing security with usability might seem like
    an endless pursuit, still finding a balance
    between these two important factors is necessary.
  • Consider having security and usability
    specialists in the development team, you might be
    able to find a balance in the security-usability

How to make usability and security go
  • As per the definition in the ISO 9421-11,
    usability is the extent to which a product can
    be used by specified users to achieve specific
    goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and
    satisfaction in a specified context of use.
  • Heres seven key pointers to help you find the
    right balance between security and usability
  • Security by design approach
  • Focus on simplicity
  • Implement biometric authentication
  • Engage the users of your enterprise apps
  • Provide different data access permissions for
  • Test to determine security and usability balance
  • Integrate security in your culture

Security by design approach
  • Our team of software development experts believes
    that security by design is the best approach to
    security. This approach enables them to avoid the
    costly attempt of adding security at the end of
    development of the enterprise app.
  • This proactive approach of co-opting security
    during the development process is analogous to
    building a door with built-in a tamper-proof
    deadlock while adding security layers at a later
    stage is like adding multiple locks after the
    installation of door to maintain the same

Focus on simplicity
  • Apps with a minimalist design are not only easier
    to understand for users but are also easier to
  • Simpler code has lesser vulnerabilities and it
    also lowers the possibilities of users doing
    anything that compromises the security of your
  • Also consider simplifying features and services
    of your enterprise apps and putting in the
    minimal security necessary. This would help you
    to detect and stop the actions of users with
    potential security implications.

Implement biometric authentication
  • Incorporating biometric-based security offers
    quite a few advantages to your enterprise app
    without affecting usability.
  • Biometrics can replace the need for remembering
    passwords and managing token-based systems
    altogether while eliminating the risk of data
    breach through stolen passwords.
  • You can also add multiple layers of security to
    your enterprise app with biometric-based
    multi-factor authentication i.e., add iris or
    face scan to fingerprint to provide strong

Engage the users of your enterprise apps
  • Security is not solely a technological challenge
    so bring in people of your organization in the
    security equation.
  • Consider workforce training and awareness
    programs so that they can apply what they are
    taught. Engaging them in the process of data
    protection would not only help them avoid risky
    behavior but also ensure there are lots more eyes
    to monitor if anything is amiss.
  • Making your employees active participants in the
    security awareness initiative would prevent your
    enterprise security provisions from getting
    compromised to a greater extent.

Provide different data access permissions for
  • Not all users of your enterprise are the same!
  • Therefore, give users limited access to app
    features you in order to keep your enterprise app
    and data more secure.
  • Our enterprise app development team closely works
    with security as well as UX experts to address
    the core problems of user experience without
    compromising security.
  • They also include some in-product notifications
    in order to remind users the security preferences
    that they had previously chosen to prevent
    potential security risks, without affecting

Test to determine security and usability balance
  • Testing is an integral part of our enterprise app
    development. Our developers observe users using
    their app features to test them for potential
    security as well as usability issues.
  • Such observations have often helped them
    understand that something that appears quite
    obvious to them may not be that obvious for the
  • Also avoid making an application unnecessarily
    complex by adding security layers as that could
    lead to poor user experience.

Integrate security in your culture
  • Consider including your workforce who will be
    engaging with your enterprise app in the security
    program. This will help in creating the security
    environment that you want in your enterprise.
  • Heightened security in your app might decrease
    the ease-of-use in some areas. However, as people
    understand how to work through these challenges,
    it would eliminate workplace frustrations.
  • Therefore, consider security of your enterprise
    data as a business problem and not as an
    IT-problem in order to make your security
    measures successful in the long run.

Final Words!
  • The battle between usability and security is
    often observed throughout the workplaces, such
  • critically strong passwords written down on
    sticky notes
  • files shared through online services not
    sanctioned by IT departments, etc.
  • Strengthening security measures typically
    undermines usability, no doubt, but there can be
    ways to address this conundrum.
  • And the best and worst part is that there are no
    set answers!

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