A Tale of Two Factors: A Deep Dive into Two Factor Authentication

2:00pm - 2:25pm on Saturday, October 5 in PennTop North

Kelley Robinson

Description

Join us as we explore the modern landscape of Two Factor Authentication (2FA). This talk will discuss the history of authentication, why 2FA is a necessary security layer, and introduce the different types of factors available.

We’ll dive into a detailed comparison of methods like SMS, Soft Tokens, Push Authentication, and YubiKeys. From cryptographic security strength to user experience, we will break down the benefits and downsides for the different methods and provide guidance for choosing the right methods for your business. Finally, the session will walk through example Python code for implementing time-based one time passcodes (Soft Tokens) like you see in apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, or Duo.

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