Who are you on the Internet?

Monday 1 July 2013, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
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BCS Members £10, Non BCS Members £15, Students £5 (plus VAT @ 20%)


As an individual, how many username/password combinations do you manage? If you have a job and have participated in any form of e-commerce then it is likely you have 50, 100, perhaps 200 such combinations. As the world becomes increasingly mobile, the need for security credentials will only increase. The proliferation of plain text, centrally stored passwords has put all user identities on the internet at risk.

This presentation will discuss the factors that led us to the state of internet user authentication today and how the rapid increase in mobile adoption has affected the issue. Peter will present ideas on potential paths forward, paths which will enable individuals to have much greater control over their identities while providing enterprises with the control over policy and risk management they desire.


Peter Tapling

Peter TaplingPeter Tapling is president and CEO of Authentify, Inc., a company he helped found in 1999. Authentify pioneered the use of the telephone as an authentication mechanism for the Internet, a process today commonly referred to as "out of band authentication". Prior to founding Authentify, Mr. Tapling has been a member of the start-up team for 6 different companies to develop and bring to market information security and application development products. He is a regular speaker on the topic of identity management.

Mr. Tapling is a member of the NACHA Internet Security Council, is an active participant in the US National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, serves on the board of advisors to the Dean of College of Applied Science and Technology at Illinois State University. Mr. Tapling has served as a guest lecturer on the topics of information technology and entrepreneurship at Illinois State University, DePaul University and Northwestern University.