Strong Authentication for Apple Devices Using WebAuthn

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Dennis Hills
Yubico, Solutions Architect

Dennis Hills is a Solutions Architect for Yubico and a University of Washington graduate in Computing Software & Systems.
He has nearly two decades of web service experience ranging from client support and networking to software development across various platforms and languages.
He has published more than a half dozen mobile iOS apps and is a regular blogger to the mobile dev community. He is passionate about mobile, passwordless authentication, automation, AI, Machine Learning, and serverless cloud computing.

When not punching the virtual clock, you can find Dennis running, automating products in the home, testing crazy app ideas on friends and family, or taking apart his two boys’ electronic toys to see how the innards work. In his pre-tech career, he was a forest firefighter and cartographer. He currently resides with his family in a tree house of sorts in Lake Forest Park, Wash.

In this talk, we’ll cover the latest development in strong authentication for mobile developers with a focus on Apple’s latest commitment supporting the Web Authentication API (WebAuthn) with hardware security keys over USB-C, NFC, and Lightning. iOS & iPadOS developers can now create native apps with strong passwordless authentication using cross-platform or platform specific authenticators. You’ll walk away with knowledge of what is available from tools to hardware, how the Web Authentication flow works (with demos), and real use cases from mobile developers and their end-user experiences. Let’s keep make mobile authentication strong and simple!