If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: Combining text and visual interfaces for security-system administration

William Yurcik, Ramona Su Thompson, Michael B. Twidale, Esa M. Rantanen

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There are various security visualization tools for security-system administration. A tool, named VisTextFlow-IP, combines a text shell interface with visual tool, VisFlowConnect-IP, in a small dash-board/console interface. VisTextFlow-IP is a merging of the two separate interfaces into one in a way that opens a command-line tool and visual tool at the same time. Users can see both detail and overview by interacting with just one of the tools. There is also the reduced cost of switching between separate tools. This tool provides an exciting way to introduce visualization tools in a non-obtrusive manner for any expert domain with legacy command-line text tools. Users can continue using command-line text tools along with visualization with a combined text/visual interface. Besides this, the dashboard solution of presenting both raw data in text format and visual representation allows to take advantage of the visual tool's power in making a large amount of data perceivable very quickly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationInteractions
StatePublished - Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction


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