FIDO Alliance Reveals Draft of Authentication Specs

Feb. 17, 2014

FIDO Alliance Reveals Draft of Authentication Specs Last week the FIDO Alliance, a consortium of payment industry and merchant stakeholders seeking stronger, faster authentication methods for e-commerce and mobile transactions, celebrated its year anniversary with the release of a first draft of its technology specifications . FIDO said its specs are device-centric and will support a full range of authentication technology including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition. The group said the standard will work with existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules, USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements, Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Near Field Communication.

“Increased awareness of identity protection and the associated complexities of securely authenticating users across diverse devices and environments underscore the need for a universal authentication framework,” said Andrew Young, vice president of product management for authentication at SafeNet, a FIDO member. “To this end, one of the clear advantages of the FIDO approach is that it offers users a consistent experience across multiple services and user devices, a range of multi-factor schemes, and maintains privacy by using distinct authentication keys for different services.”