Australian Information Security Management Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


secau Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia


9th Australian Information Security Management Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, 5th -7th December, 2011


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.