Okta Girl Geek Dinner 2019
Join us at Okta for a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in San Francisco’s financial district!
Come hear from members of our team as they talk about how they tackle this balance in their roles – and join us after to chat best practices, what challenges you’re facing, and why you’re excited to explore this space over great drinks + food!
Hear lightning talks from Okta girl geeks – on product and UX design, working with developers in the field, and how to balance security and usability. At Okta, we’re the leaders in identity management, which means we help out behind-the-scenes connecting and protecting your connections to the technology you use at work. It’s a task we don’t take lightly, and as we’ve continued to grow (February marked our 10th birthday!) we’ve taken our security DNA to a new level – and balancing strong security with usability is always a tightrope.
Talk Title: “If It’s Not Usable, It’s Not Secure”
Speaker(s): Maggie Law, Director of Product Design
Abstract: In the field of user experience, the term “usability” combines themes of learnability, familiarity, and facility in performing tasks. Security, defined simply as freedom from danger or threat, has historically been ignored as baked into any feature by default. But increasingly, security has become necessary – even urgent – to incorporate into our understanding of usability. I’ll reflect on my own thoughts about how these two concepts have converged over my 20-year career in UX and Design, and (hopefully) shift how a few attendees think in the process.
Talk Title: “Engineering Balance: Security, Usability, and Building Multi-Factor Authentication”
Speaker(s): Angie Song, Staff Software Engineer, and Helen Chen, Software Engineer
Abstract: One of the biggest challenges with security today is creating a solution people will actually use. Here, we will discuss principles for creating a secure system, the need to factor in human psychology and usability to ensure the effectiveness of the security model, and look at some examples. We will then look specifically at the challenges of achieving the balance between security and usability in the context of multi-factor authentication, and finally share some of our takeaways for easing friction.
Talk Title: “Accessibility and You: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?”
Speaker(s): Jade Feng, Product Manager, User Experience and Customization
Abstract: Accessibility is the practice of making your products usable by as many people as possible – traditionally, we think of accessibility as focused on people with disabilities, but in reality it’s a practice from which all users can benefit. Accessibility is the right thing to do, can open up some significant markets, and drive key product metrics around user happiness and retention. This talk will go through web accessibility 101, the standards to pay attention to (and why), some quick wins you can start on today, and how we embed accessibility into our product development process.
Talk Title: “Starting with Secure Access: OpenID Connect 101”
Speaker(s): Sara Daqiq, Developer Support Engineer
Abstract: What if you could spend less time building authentication, and more time on other parts of your app – things that help drive your business? With OpenID Connect (OIDC), you grant authority to a trusted provider to prove that the user is who they say they are. In this talk, we’ll explore how applications communicate to grant access to resources on behalf of a user via OIDC, and show how you can quickly get started building secure apps using the OIDC endpoints that Okta exposes on its authorization servers.
Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to both secure and manage their extended enterprise, and transform their customers’ experiences. With over 5,500 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely adopt the technologies they need to fulfill their missions. Over 5,600 organizations, including 20th Century Fox, JetBlue, Nordstrom, Slack, Teach for America and Twilio, trust Okta to securely connect their people and technology