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Blog | June 1, 2021

Identiverse 2021 Content Countdown Series

Part 1: Architecture, Standards and Identity for Developers
Author: Andi Hindle

Welcome to Identiverse® 2021 – new hybrid format, same breadth and depth of high-quality content! To help you navigate this year’s agenda with ease, we’ll be running a blog series over the next few weeks leading up to the start of the event. The series will focus on particular topics and themes that will be covered during our virtual conference weeks and showcasing presentations that are especially relevant to those themes. Keep in mind, these blogs aren’t intended to be exhaustive lists, so remember to check out the full agenda as you build your schedule for the coming weeks!

The standards we rely on, and the systems architectures we design, form the firm foundations upon which we develop safe, secure, reliable, scalable and interoperable identity solutions. Staying abreast of the wealth of new technologies and techniques as they arise—and understanding what tools and techniques to use to safely develop applications that rely on digital identity — is no easy task.

This year, we’ve recombined Identity Architecture and Standards into a single topic. Identity for Developers is listed as a separate topic area. Remember to check both of them to make sure you get a complete view!

If you’re just getting started in the Identity world, or if you need a quick refresher on everything that’s been going on, we’ll be featuring the Introduction to Identity as pre-conference material in the virtual platform. If you’re attending in person, you’ll be able to watch it before you travel (or after you get to the hotel!); for virtual attendees, drop in during the week before the conference starts. You’ll be able to ask any questions you might have via the chat function within the virtual platform.

For a more technical, developer oriented perspective, Vittorio Bertocci’s masterclass will give you a good overview of best practices; and if you are specifically interested in a run-down of all the standards work that’s going on, join Annabelle Backman as she takes us “Around the Identity Standards World in 30 Minutes”.

Delving into detail, you’ll find in-depth coverage of FIDO, CIBA, PAR, SIOP and DID, WebAuthn, CAEP, oAuth, OIDC and more. Alex Weinert will discuss the identity and security learnings stemming from from the Solar Winds incident. Joseph Heenan (“Best Current Practices for OAuth2/OpenID Connect in Native Mobile Apps”) and Rob Otto (“Practical CIBA: Tales from the Field”) will touch on considerations for mobile applications, and Carlos Mostek gives the internet of things a look-in too (“A Discussion on a Design for Authorized Communication Between Local IoT devices and an Internet Accessible Controller”).

There are plenty of practical considerations, too. Namitha Krishna reports on the journey a global financial services organisation is taking as they work through their OIDC deployment; and the New York Air National Guard talks us through their progress with ID Proofing and improved phishing resistance.

User experience as a focus for the industry is now firmly established—take a look at Alex Babeanu’s talk on user journeys (“Introduce the Flexibility You Need with User Journeys”) or Andrew Shikiar’s update on improving user experience for authentication (“Optimizing User Experience for FIDO Authentication”); and Joanne Knight explores the importance of establishing user trust through trustmark schemes.

There’s plenty more on the agenda to enjoy — don’t forget to register! We’ll be back in part 2 of this series to explore some more of this year’s exciting topics.

Andi Hindle
Identiverse Content Chair