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User Focused Security at Netflix: Stethoscope

by Jesse Kriss

Published January 14, 2017 in Technology

Presented by Andrew White and Jesse Kriss at ShmooCon 2017.
Netflix Tech Blog post: http://techblog.netflix.com/2017/02/introducing-netflix-stethoscope.html

GitHub repo: https://github.com/Netflix/Stethoscope

User Focused Security is an approach we are using to address employee information security at Netflix. If we provide employees with the right information and low-friction tools, we believe they can get their devices into a more secure state without heavy-handed policy enforcement.

Letting people retain control over their devices means that they can maintain flexibility and productivity and address security recommendations as appropriate to their levels of access. This approach will only be successful, though, if we can provide clear and specific action, and make it easy to do the right thing.

Stethoscope is a web-based tool that gives Netflix employees a view into the security state of their devices, with specific recommendations regarding disk encryption, firewalls, and other device settings. The website, in conjunction with email alerts, gives Netflix employees a straightforward way to see what actions they should take to remain safe.

Andrew White and Jesse Kriss are both members of the Information Security team at Netflix, where they work on designing and building software tools that help people make good decisions around corporate security.

Andrew holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Richmond.

Jesse (@jkriss) holds a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and B.A. in Music from Carleton College. Prior to Netflix, he worked at NASA/JPL, Obama 2012, Figure 53, and IBM Research.

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