Alexei designs and writes software for Google's identity, authentication, and security team. Since he joined Google in 2013, Alexei's goal has been to make authentication easier and more secure for all of Google's users. Towards this goal, he has been tightly involved with Google's strong second factor efforts and the standardization and open protocol development through the FIDO alliance. Prior to joining Google, Alexei worked at Amazon, Microsoft Research, and competed in cyber-security competitions. Alexei received his PhD in computer science at the University of Washington.