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Cutting Edge 2-Factor AuthN Using Smart Phones

Time 04/20/11 01:15PM-02:30PM

Session Abstract

The predominant means for authentication in (educational) Identity Federations is still username/password. The most important reason for this is that it is easy to roll out and well-known among users. Both from a security as well as from a usability perspective, however, username/password has well-known drawbacks.

In 2009 SURFnet trialed the Mobile PKI technology in its Identity Federation (SURFfederatie). Using a mobile phone as a token has shown major benefits. Unfortunately, this technology relies on the SIM and thus on the co-operation of mobile operators. This has hampered large-scale deployment.

Because we wanted to leverage the potential of mobile phones as trusted devices without having to rely on mobile operators, we decided to design a novel authentication technique that uses features of modern handsets (the ability to install

Speakers

Speaker Harold Teunissen SURFnet

Speaker Joost van Dijk SURFnet

Speaker Roland van Rijswijk SURFnet

Presentation Media

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