Killing the Password

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016 TIME: 11:00-12:00 LOCATION: AMMERSEE I

The Future of Authentication - Stop Sweating the Password

We all understand that the concept of username/password to control access is insecure and out of date in a world where anything is connected and a new approach is needed. But how can we make the password obsolete? There have been many announcements, that the password is dead and indeed, there have been alternatives available - but mainly as siloed non-standard approaches. Now, there is something new: initiatives like FIDO are proposing alternatives going beyond a single vendor and it looks like we are getting closer to the end of passwords. To better understand, why the password still dominates, we need to find out, why the market has failed so far, and we need to talk about the usability, communications and rollout of alternatives which might eventually kill the password. Some of the aspects to be discussed:

  • What are the alternatives to passwords and in which state are they?
  • What do I need in order to do this (software, hardware, infrastructure)?
  • Technical rollout considerations for passwordless services
  • How do I implement/get buy-in within my organization to drive this project? (i.e. what are the trigger points for stake holders)
  • How to change user behavior and mentality with regards to passwords 
  • FIDO v1 or better wait for v2?

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Stina Ehrensvard is the CEO and Founder of Yubico, and co-inventor of the YubiKey – a small device that makes strong two-factor authentication easy and affordable for everyone. She is visionary IT entrepreneur with proven track records of creating and bringing new technology innovations to...

Ian Glazer is the VP, Identity Product Management, at Salesforce. His responsibilities include leading the product management team, product strategy and identity standards work. Prior to that, he was a research vice president and agenda manager on the Identity and Privacy Strategies team at...

Anthony Nadalin is a partner architect in the Government Engagement Team leading the Standards and Public Policy practice. Anthony had spent the last 27 years with IBM where he was the Chief Security Architect responsible for the security strategy for software group products. Anthony...


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