DOP 230: Simplifying End-to-End Encryption With Smallstep

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 27, 2023

Show Notes

#230: In today’s digital age, it’s no secret that relying solely on passwords for security is no longer an effective solution. We all understand the risks associated with using just passwords, but the question remains: what other alternatives do we have at our disposal?

What if you could eliminate passwords all together and still make all your communications completely secure?

In this episode, we speak with Mike Malone, Founder and CEO at Smallstep, about his background with OpenID and OAuth and how increasing security today doesn’t mean also increasing budgets.


Mike Malone

Mike Malone

Mike Malone is the Founder and CEO at Smallstep. Previously he was a software engineer at Six Apart, where he was working on new ways to power online conversation and build interactive communities. Mike is an advocate for open source and open standards technologies. He contributes regularly to Django, an open source Python Web framework that encourages rapid development without sacrificing quality.

Mike is active in the OAuth and Activity Streams standards efforts, and is a member of the Open Web Foundation, an organization whose goal is to develop best practices for creating community-driven specifications. Before joining Six Apart, Mike helped build the microblogging web site Pownce, where he learned a lot about the technical and social difficulties of scaling an online community. He’s currently focused on building tools and technologies that will address some of these difficulties, which he hopes will create a more open social web ecosystem.


Darin Pope

Darin Pope

Darin Pope is a developer advocate for CloudBees.

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences (latest can be found here).

He has published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox and Test-Driven Java Development.

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

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