Rob Otto

EMEA Field CTO; Ping Identity
Rob is a Senior Technical Architect for Ping Identity in the UK and also the EMEA representative to the Ping Identity CTO Office. Rob holds a BSc (Computer Science) degree from Pretoria University and has 20 years experience in identity and access management. He has worked on complex implementation projects in the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa. His current area of focus is on applying industry standards like OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0 to enable businesses to interoperate and securely expose data and API's. He has worked widely within the burgeoning PSD2/OpenBanking ecosystem across Europe and is specifically focused on using Mobile Applications to deliver elegant Strong Customer Authentication solutions within financial services and other verticals.

Rob's Session


Tuesday, June 25
4:00 - 4:25 pm
Georgetown
My Phone is my Password
Everyone has a smartphone (in fact, many have more than one). Nobody wants to remember yet another password. Surely the combination of these two mean that the smartphone app is the logical solution to securing authentication and delivering a truly passwordless experience for both employees and customers? Unfortunately, it's not always as simple as that, though. In the ongoing war between convenience and user experience on the one side, and strong security and privacy on the other, we need to ensure that we do not unwittingly create new risks and attack surfaces in our rush to remove passwords.In this session, we'll explore not only the available technologies and approaches making passwordless authentication possible today, but also discuss the real -world challenges involved when moving to such a model and providing a truly trustworthy and secure authentication factor within a mobile app. We'll then look at a number of approaches and patterns that can address these challenges and discuss specific industry examples.

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