Mechanisms for increasing the usability of grid security

Bruce Beckles, Von Welch, Jim Basney

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Grid security is based on public key infrastructure (PKI), an architecture that offers strong security for inter-institutional projects, making it ideal for computational grids. However, current PKI implementations suffer from serious usability issues in terms of end-user acquisition and management of credentials, something which grid security inherits from its PKI foundation. In this paper, we describe two parallel efforts to apply the concept of "Plug-and-Play PKI", designed to improve PKI usability, to improve the usability of grid security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-101
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Grid computing
  • PKI
  • Security
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture


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