Passwords endure despite the growing consensus their use needs to be reduced, if not replaced. But even though effective PKI and strong authentication solutions have existed for years, barriers to widespread adoption persist. Consumers don’t like the user experience, and online service providers don’t want the cost and complexity of developing and provisioning their own dedicated solutions.

FIDO Alliance is an open industry association with a focused mission: authentication standards to help reduce the world’s over-reliance on passwords. FIDO Alliance promotes the development of, use of, and compliance with standards for authentication and device attestation and is is working to change the nature of authentication with open standards that are more secure than passwords and SMS OTPs, simpler for consumers to use, and easier for service providers to deploy and manage.

The FIDO protocols use standard public key cryptography techniques to provide stronger authentication. During registration with an online service, the user’s client device creates a new key pair. It retains the private key and registers the public key with the online service. Authentication is done by the client device proving possession of the private key to the service by signing a challenge. The client’s private keys can be used only after they are unlocked locally on the device by the user. The local unlock is accomplished by a user–friendly and secure action such as swiping a finger, entering a PIN, speaking into a microphone, inserting a second–factor device or pressing a button. The FIDO protocols are designed from the ground up to protect user privacy. The protocols do not provide information that can be used by different online services to collaborate and track a user across the services. Biometric information, if used, never leaves the user’s device.

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Agenda & Presentation Downloads

14:00 Introduction: Steve Atkins, The Silicon Trust

14:05 Opening Address, Markus Moesenbacher, Infineon Technologies

14:15 The State of FIDO Adoption, Megan Shamas, The FIDO Alliance

14:35 FIDO for Citizens, Ajay Hanyalu, Infineon Technologies

14:55 FIDO2 – The Secure Standard for Secure Web Login, Axel Vonderghagen, Authenton

15:15 PKI & FIDO2 – The Perfect Match, Magdy Sharawy, TrustSEC


15:45 END


Markus Moesenbacher
 is Head of Product Marketing for Digital Identity Solutions at Infineon Technologies. He is responsible to drive the strategic definition of chip hardware and software solutions and customer communication. In 2016 he joined the Technical Marketing Team of Infineon Technologies and moved after 3 years to Product Marketing. Markus Moesenbacher holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Graz, Austria. He has more than 20 years experience in the Smart Card business.

Megan Shamas is the senior director of marketing for the FIDO Alliance, the cross-industry consortium developing standards, certification and market adoption programs to reduce the world’s reliance on passwords with simpler, stronger user and device authentication. In this role, she leads all global communications strategy + execution and market education initiatives. Megan has deep expertise in and passion around gaining adoption of new standards and technologies in new markets, having spent the last 20 years leading public relations, marketing and branding for several multi-stakeholder organizations.

Ajay Hanyalu is Product Marketing Manager for Identity Solutions at Infineon Technologies. He is responsible for driving the strategic definition of new solutions and customer communication. He started his journey in the semiconductor industry by joining Infineon Technologies in 2012 for SDK development. In 2014 he joined the Application Engineering for Government ID products and moved after 7 years to Product Marketing. Ajay Hanyalu holds a Master Degree in Embedded Systems Design and has more than to 9 years of experience in the Smart Card business.

Axel Vonderhagen is the Founder and Managing Partner of AIXecutive. Previous to this he was the Business & Corporate Development Manager at ORGA Kartensysteme Paderborn and Beijing (today: Idemia), the Head of BU Government ID Solutions at Trüb Switzerland (Today: Thales/Gemalto), and the Global VP Marketing + Sales Government Solutions Giesecke&Devrient (Today: Veridos). As well as his role in AIXecutive he is also the Founder and Managing Partner of newly created Authenton – an AIXecutive Company.

Magdy Sharawy is the founder and CEO of TrustSEC and Softlock. Magdy has started his journey in information security since 1994. Over 25 years Magdy’s vision was to provide the market with top-notch information security products and solutions that secure Intellectual Property from Loss or Compromise, and protect identities and digital assets from cyber-attacks. Through his years of expertise, Magdy’s focus was on PKI, FIDO2, and smart cards technology. With Magdy’s vision, TrustSEC has now a footprint in developing a flexible smartcard operating system that is integrated with biometrics to provide cutting-edge solutions that serve the digital transformation of governmental services and Fintech solutions.