2016 Symposium Posters

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Password Coping Mechanisms


Primary Investigator:
Melissa Dark

Project Members
Dr. Melissa Dark, Austin Klasa
Passwords are the most common means of authenticating users. The number of passwords that a user must select and manage is increasing, and password policies can be complex; the result is that users develop coping mechanisms. Password coping mechanisms are any password selection and management behavior used to cope with the large number of passwords a user must remember for multiple accounts, and the complexity of password policies. While users motivation for using coping mechanisms is understandable, coping mechanisms can be a security threat. This research project analyzes users passwords to determine the prevalence of password coping mechanisms.

Our annual information security symposium will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2018.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN