Security is more than filtering input and escaping output (FIEO), and it’s more than cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgeries (CSRF). Security isn’t even always black and white. In order to create a more secure user experience, we need to understand how people think. Perception is as important as reality, and meeting user expectations is a fundamental of good security. In this multifarious talk, I’ll introduce some of what I have learned about cognitive psychology, exploring topics such as change blindness and ambient signifiers, and I’ll show some real-world examples that demonstrate the profound impact human behavior can have on security.
Chris is a thought leader in the PHP and web application security communities — a widely-read blogger at shiflett.org, a popular speaker at industry conferences worldwide, and the founder of the PHP Security Consortium.
His books include the critically-acclaimed Essential PHP Security (O’Reilly) and HTTP Developer’s Handbook (Sams). His writing has also appeared in a number of other popular books including Programming PHP (O’Reilly), PHP Cookbook (O’Reilly), and PHP in Action (Manning).
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