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Security & Identity [clear filter]
Thursday, September 13


PRO TALK: Identity for a Connected World
-How the blockchain can support identity verification of humans (KYC), objects (KYO) and connected devices (KYD)
-Building a platform-as-a-service offering shared regulatory compliance services for humans, companies, objects, and devices.
-Enabling development of new apps that need trusted connections between human, corporate, and device identities LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasleiritz/ Angelist: https://angel.co/thomas-leiritz Infinity Blockchain Labs: https://www.blockchainlabs.asia/team/

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Thomas Leiritz

CTO, Blockpass IDN
Thomas Leiritz is the CTO of Blockcpass and a business and digital expert with 17+ years experience and expertise in customer-based solutions and full-stack leadership with a lifelong passion for technology. The creator of numerous web and mobile applications including financial services... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Workshop Room 3


PRO TALK: Blockchain for Self-Sovereign Identity
In today’s digital landscape, we don’t own our digital identities. We might be able to control what information we put online, and manage how it’s used to a degree, but once we give that data to Facebook, Google, or Microsoft, they own it. The emerging technology of blockchain has the potential to change that with the concept of self-sovereign identity (SSID). With SSID, individuals could maintain control over their digital identities, as well as how it is used and where it is stored. This would benefit businesses and consumers alike, simplifying efforts like KYC that cost financial institutions millions of dollars a year, and preventing data theft or misuse like the current Facebook/Cambridge Analytica fiasco. Blockchain is a widely discussed topic under self-sovereign identity. There are many ongoing initiatives including the Sovrin Foundation, W3C Credentials Community Group, Decentralized IDentifiers (DIDs) to build identity on blockchain. This talk explores the evolution of identity management in the era of blockchain.

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Prabath Siriwardena

Engineer, WSO2
Prabath Siriwardena (@prabath) is an identity evangelist, author, blogger and the VP of Identity Management and Security at WSO2, with more than 11 years of industry experience in designing and building critical Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure for global enterprises... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Workshop Room 3


PRO TALK: Re-engineering Enterprise and Consumer Identity Management Using The Blockchain
Identity holds the key to delivering the convenient access that users demand, and securing critical data and infrastructure. However, given recent technological advancements and new methods on the horizon, identity is positioned to undergo a seismic shift within enterprises. Identity Management on the Blockchain empowers individuals, businesses and governments to establish, verify and exchange identity information simply, privately, securely and at world scale. Identity holds the key to delivering the convenient access that users demand, and securing critical data and infrastructure. However, given recent technological advancements and new methods on the horizon, identity is positioned to undergo a seismic shift within enterprises. Blockchain allows the ability to change the entire nature of digital identity management. Instead of being held by a company, the user could use the blockchain to maintain ownership and control over their own identity. As authoritative third parties certified they know an individual, they could share that information to create a web of trust. Future entities can verify an individual with confidence based on earlier efforts. How will distributed identity coexist with the notion of enterprise-owned assets? How will enterprise security need to adapt to new use cases? What are some practical strategies for transformation? how recent do changes in data management, security and authentication effect all type of enterprises? Why could blockchain play an important role in identity management Educate the audience on Blockchain &how it can help shift the identity landscape Share Best Practices & Pitfalls to using Blockchain for Identity Management? Why could blockchain play an important role in identity management?

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Armin Ebrahimi

Head Business Development, Enterprise, ShoCard
Armin Ebrahimi is Founder and CEO of ShoCard, a digital identity verification system that protects consumer privacy through patented use of mobile devices and the blockchain. An industry veteran, he brings more than 30 years of experience in scalable platforms, online services, mobile-development... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Workshop Room 3
Friday, September 14


PRO TALK: Navigating Passwordless Authentication with FIDO2 and WebAuthn
With an estimated 90 percent of remote hacking focused on cryptocurrency theft, cryptocurrency assets must be protected with the highest levels of assurance. For decades, the password has been the global standard of authentication, but it’s a common understanding that the password experience is frustrating, not secure, and difficult to effectively maintain. Furthermore, SMS and authentication apps have been shown to be vulnerable to advanced phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks. From every angle it’s clear that securing end user account access is an age-old pain point, but now, there is an open authentication standard that can finally solve this problem for cryptocurrency companies at scale: FIDO2 and WebAuthn. Join this session to learn about this new standard and how organizations, from cryptocurrency, technology, to consumer focused, can protect their end users with strong hardware based authentication. Based on public key cryptography, FIDO2 upholds security and privacy tenets similar to blockchain by moving authentication away from a centralized point of control (passwords stored on servers). FIDO2 provides strong user authentication as a first factor, eliminating the need for cumbersome passwords. If necessary or desired, FIDO2 can also be conveniently paired with PINs, biometrics, or gestures as additional authentication factors. As a core creator of the FIDO2 standard, Yubico’s session will primarily focus on education and guidance for the larger blockchain community. Attendees can expect to review the technical specifications of the FIDO2 Web Authentication API (WebAuthn) and Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP); explore implementation guides, reference code and SDKs; and discuss industry-wide use cases, particularly within the cryptocurrency markets.

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Jerrod Chong

SVP of Product, Yubico
Jerrod Chong is Senior Vice President of Product at Yubico where he focuses on improving and enhancing product development initiatives to align with customer and market demands. Jerrod has also delivered numerous presentations on modern authentication and open standards for leading... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:25am
Workshop Room 3


PRO TALK: Security Token Offerings
This will be a must-view session for any company interested in launching a token offering. The audience will gain a firm understanding of the types of token offerings, the differences between ICOs and STOs, the regulatory landscape, the costs involved as well as insight into the ecosystem of token buyers and advisors.

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Darren Marble

CEO, CrowdfundX
Darren Marble, CEO, CrowdfundX Darren Marble is the CEO of CrowdfundX (www.crowdfundx.io), a pioneering financial marketing firm serving corporations and entrepreneurs across a wide mix of industries and geographies. The company uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital marketing... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Workshop Room 3


PRO TALK: How Cryptocurrency is Changing Cyber Security
The birth of cryptocurrency has changed the threat landscape making it easier for malicious actors to get paid and remain anonymous. The days of ransomware payments being paid in cryptocurrency are not over, but the more ominous threats facing us now are cryptojacking, botnets turned miners, and crypto phishing. With the rocketing cryptocurrency market cap soaring up to $835 billion in early January the name of the game is computing power and it is only going to get worse as cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream. The cryptocurrency market is volatile, where daily 30% swings are not uncommon. This is a double-edged sword for malicious actors. Payouts could drastically increase or decrease in value over the course of months, weeks, or even days. This can enable malicious actors to purchase extra hosting infrastructure, buy additional malware programs on the dark web, buy a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, or even walk away penniless if the market doesn’t move in their favor. The potential for 2x, 5x, or even 100x returns on the cryptocurrency obtained from exploiting your environment is entirely within possibility. Join me for a dive into the crypto cyber security space, steps you should take to protect your environment, and how security researchers combat malicious actors using crypto to fund their activities.

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Austin McBride

Threat Analytics Researcher, Cisco Umbrella
Austin McBride is a Threat Analytics Researcher at Cisco Umbrella who analyzes and evaluates the impact of security threats on customers, identifies previously unclassified threat vectors, and discovers emerging trends in malware distribution. His current research focuses on the significance... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 1:25pm - 1:50pm
Workshop Room 3


CANCELLED: BlockChains for Distributed Security of Smart Grids
Scada systems in power grids are centralized and represent a single point of failure and vulnerability. The Distributed Ledger in BlockChains and the use of smart contracts with guaranteed execution provides a clean slate approach to a parallel reliability system with multiple nodes and miners. This concept and implementation makes for a harder target to penetrate and hack compared to current Scada systems. As a private P2P network transaction times are in microseconds and an Ethereum based system can also have EWatts as a "currency". A prototype Smart grid of this system is built with Raspberry Pi3Bs as nodes and laptops as miners. Energy harvesting nodes supply EWatts to the Storage nodes which then source EWatts to users.


Peter Ateshian

CTO, US Navy Naval Postgraduate School Xtrm Designs LLC
Peter Ateshian, National Security Institute scholarship award Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), DARPA PI and member of TAU BETA PI, Eta Kappa Nu Mu chapter, IEEE and SPIE. NPS PhD student and US Navy Contractor since 2004 and founder of Xtrm Designs LLC since 1992. UC Berkeley Master... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Workshop Room 2