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Friday, May 20 • 14:55 - 15:30
Throw Away Your Passwords: Trusting Workload Identity - Ric Featherstone, ControlPlane

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Trust is required to secure our systems: we need it to bootstrap infrastructure, to run workloads, and to reassure our customers of their privacy. But how do we establish and secure this "trust" in a dynamic cloud native system?

Historically we relied upon identifiers such as IP addresses, passwords, and certificates, but can we do better than these antiquated authentication mechanisms? In this talk we:
  • Demystify machine identity and its relationship to secrets management and access control
  • Discuss the issues with historical approaches in a cloud native environment
  • Solve the "bottom turtle" trust bootstrap quandary
  • Appraise the open source implementations and technologies available to you
  • Demonstrate practical examples of how to acquire a workload identity or secret zero
  • Strive for a world in which passwords and static keys are replaced by dynamic credentials and hardware roots of trust
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Ric Featherstone

From Engineer to Architect and back, Ric’s greying hair comes from his years of hard-won experience consulting in the Financial Services and Media sectors. He's been around for a while, seen shiny new tech come and go, old concepts get rebranded, and now cloud-washes himself as... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2022 14:55 - 15:30 CEST
Auditorium 1A | Event Center Feria Valencia