Usability Evaluation Using Specialized Heuristics with Qualitative Indicators for Intrusion Detection System

  • Tulsidas Patil
  • Ganesh Bhutkar
  • Noshir Tarapore
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 176)


Network security promises protection of valuable and accessible network resources from viruses, trojans, keyloggers, hijackers and unauthorized access. One of the important subsets of the network security tools is Intrusion Detection System (IDS). It is found that current IDS systems are not easy to use. As a result user has difficulties in judging the quality of the output, i.e. getting efficient alarm and severity level for detected intrusions, information about the detected intrusions as per layers, ports and visitors. Also the problems in installing and configuring the system go unnoticed. Therefore, the usability evaluation is extremely vital to help users in efficient interaction and enhance usage of IDS system. In this paper a specialized set of heuristics combined with objectively defined usability indicators are proposed for the usability evaluation of IDS systems. This study presents the evaluation of specialized set of heuristics based on usability problems and design deficiencies commonly prevalent among IDS systems. This set of specialized heuristics can be used to evaluate various IDS systems or other network security tools with diversified platforms and features.


Usability Intrusion Detection System Human Computer Interaction Usability Heuristics Usability Indicators Network Security 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tulsidas Patil
    • 1
  • Ganesh Bhutkar
    • 1
  • Noshir Tarapore
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer EngineeringVishwakarma Institute of TechnologyPuneIndia

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