FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F)

FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) - Strong in-the-browser authentication for the mass market.

Join us for a glimpse into the future of online authentication.

Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) is a new, open authentication standard focused on adding public-key cryptography to existing password authentication mechanisms, offering high security with friction-less user experience. U2F represents a crucial step in driving the rapid adoption of strong authentication technology, where the user can now use a simple password/passcode, which even if compromised, does not compromise the user's identity. The three elements involved are, the user possessing an authenticator, a client that can take the form of a web browser and the relying parties providing services leveraging the built-in U2F support in the web browser. The elegance of the protocol lies in the fact that the user in possession of the authenticator can authenticate to any number of web-based services using only one device, without the need to install any drivers or client software. The added benefit of U2F also lies in the simplicity of how this protocol can be easily integrated into an existing password authentication model.

We'll go into the motivation for U2F, demo its use, explain the user privacy and security issues that are addressed, explain the importance of the browser support for U2F and dive into some key details of the protocol.

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Location: SFO Commons
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

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