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This free project is part of the liveProject series Single Sign-On and Passwordless Authentication
intermediate Linux command line • basic web application stack
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AWS cloud infrastructure • user account management
Andrey Ovcharov
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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Play the role of an analyst at Sitting Duck Shipping, a fictional mid-sized company that wants to modernize its authentication and authorization stack. Its goal is to reduce support time spent on password resets and improve the end-user experience, ultimately reducing the risk of account takeovers while maintaining security and compliance. Your task is to set up the proof-of-concept environment for this project.

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Andrey Ovcharov
Andrey Ovcharov is a senior software engineer at IBM, and has more than twenty years of professional experience in various fields of modern application development, from PHP internals to frontend. Andrey’s keen interest in security, especially authentication, was the catalyst for his ambitious endeavor: to build an affordable wireless biometric authentication device implementing the FIDO2 protocol for passwordless authentication.


These liveProjects are for security professionals who want hands-on experience implementing passwordless authentication, and for software developers who want to better understand modern authentication. To begin these liveProjects you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • AWS Console basics
  • Intermediate Linux command line
  • Basic understanding of authentication (including multi-factor)
  • Web application stack basics (web servers, network protocols)

Note: The AWS instance could cost some money if you have already used up your free tier.

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to set up a proof-of-concept that reduces support time and security risks and improves UX while maintaining security and compliance, using the following skills:

  • Provision a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environment
  • Create server instances
  • Install and configure web applications


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