The Hardware-Enabled Side of Android Security/Privacy by Shawn Willden of Google

GDG Salt Lake
Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 6:00 PM (MST)

About this event

Join us to hear from one of the only Google engineers working in Utah! Shawn has been working on the Android team for 5 years.

Learn about how Android is making use of special security hardware to protect the security and privacy of all of your data, and to enable exciting new use cases like mobile driver’s licenses and digital car keys.

The engineer who designed and built some of the core security components inside of billions of Android devices today, and who leads the team that is developing the next generation of security and privacy hardware for Android, will explain the hardware security features and systems used by the Android system and apps today, and give some insights into what is coming in the future. He will also describe some of the challenges and joys inherent in working on a platform that is delivered through an entire ecosystem of partners – and used by nearly half of the world’s population.

Full bio:
Shawn Willden is a Staff Software Engineer at Google, and the founder, technical lead and manager of the Android Hardware Security team, responsible for designing and building operating system components that make use of security hardware in Android devices to increase the security and privacy properties of Android devices and apps running on them, and for enabling new use cases that depend on secure hardware. His code runs on over two billion devices. Shawn has been a Google engineer for eight years, five of them spent working on Android. Prior to Google, he worked for many different companies, including 15 years at IBM and seven years with other Utah-based software companies. Shawn is a proud graduate of Weber State University, and today sits on multiple WSU advisory boards and has endowed a scholarship in Computer Science.

Shawn is a Utah native and lives and works in his rural home in Morgan, Utah, less than 10 miles from Snowbasin where he can be found skiing most weekday mornings during the ski season. His other hobbies include photography, SCUBA diving, water skiing, shooting, hiking and camping. He has four children, all adults, and one beautiful granddaughter whose picture he shows to virtually everyone he meets.

We'll serve Pizza provided by our sponsor, Nav Inc, at 6:30 P.M., the talk will start at 7 P.M.

The Google Development Group Salt Lake is sponsored by Google, Inc. and the meeting space is provided by Nav Inc., our sponsor. JetBrains provides a license for one attendee; drawing takes place at the end of the evening.