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Device or server centric authentication?


Day 3 - May 2

In recent years, the concept of device-based authentication of biometrics has gained in popularity, with FIDO standards being adopted by many organizations as a way to preserve privacy and reduce security risks. However, while device-only biometrics is a solution that is ideal in many use cases, there are numerous examples where server-based authentication would potentially be a better fit.
The concept of networked biometrics is also emerging, where a single, unifying ID can be used across ecosystems and across digital and physical boundaries.

This session will take the view that one size does not fit all, and takes a look at the merits of different authentication implementations.

Blake Hall, CEO and Founder,, USA

Server-based biometrics – Were we too quick to demonize?
Jim Sullivan, Senior Vice President Strategy & Business Development, BIO-key, USA

Enterprises just don’t know which way to turn. On the one hand, they recognize the reliability and frictionless authentication benefits of biometrics. On the other hand, they hear that device-only biometrics is supposedly the only biometric architecture for application authentication, usually accompanied with a caution that ‘you can’t reset your fingerprint’. Device-only biometrics works fine for consumers, but enterprises often involve nomadic workforces – for example, retail operations, call centers, and healthcare. Device-only biometric solutions simply cannot meet these requirements. It’s time to take a rational look at the benefits and concerns about biometrics on servers, which have been successfully used for years.

In this session, an enterprise authentication security expert with 25 years of experience will discuss the use cases for server-based biometrics in enterprise, explaining why one size just doesn’t fit all when it comes to biometric authentication. Attendees will learn the scenarios that call for server biometric implementations, how to properly manage such systems, and lessons learned from deploying such systems at massive scale.

•    One size does not fit all – enterprises need more than device-only biometric authentication when users move among machines;
•    Distinguishing enterprise from consumer authentication requirements;
•    How storing measurements became demonized.

Using biometrics to build a connected world
Joe Trelin, SVP, Platform and New Verticals, CLEAR, USA

It is well established that passwords are insecure and inconvenient. For years, biometrics have been touted as the solution… So why are passwords still around?

Are customers and businesses really resistant to biometrics? Or have they simply not seen enough value in them to entice them to take the plunge?

In this session, we will introduce the concept of networked biometrics, and the benefits this approach brings to both consumers and corporations.

Networked biometrics go beyond the device- or server-centric debate by creating a single, unifying ID that can be used across ecosystems and across digital and physical boundaries. This means businesses can unite their online and offline properties with a single ID and without the burden of managing biometrics themselves. Similarly, consumers can shed their wallets and passwords with a single ID unlocking access in all facets of their life.

Through companies like CLEAR, businesses are already beginning to leverage biometric networks today. In this presentation, we will discuss how they work (and how networked biometrics differ from traditional device- and server-centric biometrics), where they stand today and what the barriers may be to adoption in the future.

•     Introduce the concept of networked biometrics and its advantages over isolated biometric IDs;
•     Showcase how Fortune 500 companies are using networked biometrics today;
•    Discuss the adoption of networked biometrics to date, where the industry is headed and what barriers may exist.


The Inevitability of FIDO Authentication
Jeremy Grant, Managing Director, Technology Business Strategy, Venable LLP, USA

Amidst debate about whether and how biometrics should be used for authentication, an important trend has emerged: major players in technology, banking, payments, health care, government, security and other sectors have embraced the FIDO Alliance standards as the preferred way forward for delivering biometric-enabled, multi-factor authentication.
Firms including Aetna, Google, Microsoft, Mastercard, NTT DOCOMO, and Bank of America have demonstrated the value of FIDO. And with the new Web Authentication (Web AuthN) standard developed by FIDO in partnership with the W3C, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have committed to supporting the WebAuthn standard in their flagship browsers and have started implementation for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS and Android platforms.
There's a reason for this: FIDO standards offer the best combination of enhanced security, privacy and user experience. This session will:
•    Provide an overview of the FIDO standards;
•    Detail how they are being deployed by leading firms around the world;
•    Explore how a number of legal and regulatory issues are guiding implementers toward FIDO and away from other approaches to authentication.

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