Title

Insecurity by obscurity continues: are ADSL router manuals putting end-users at risk

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

secau Security Research Centre

Editor(s)

Dr Trish Williams and Professor Craig Valli

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)

RAS ID

12280

Comments

This article was originally published as: Andersson, K. , & Szewczyk, P. S. (2011). Insecurity by obscurity continues: are ADSL router manuals putting end-users at risk. Paper presented at the Australian Information Security Management Conference. Perth, Western Australia. Original article available here

Abstract

The quantity and sophistication of threats targeting ADSL routers is on a steady increase. There is a reliance on end-users to ensure that their ADSL router is secure by continually updating the firmware, using strong authentication credentials, and enabling the in-built firewall. However, to do this, the end-user must be presented with well written procedural instructions, and an explanation of why this is important. This paper examines the design quality and security content provided by vendors in ADSL router manuals. This paper reveals that the lack of security related content and poor overall design could impact on end-users’ interpretation and willingness to implement security controls on their ADSL router.

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