SecureKey to add FIDO specifications to authentication platform, joins Alliance

September 9, 2013 - 

SecureKey has announced that it is adding FIDO Alliance specification support to its cloud-based authentication platform, briidge.net.

According to the company, with the addition of FIDO support, customers can now use briidge.net DNA-enabled devices, as well as any FIDO-enabled authenticator, including biometrics. SecureKey has also now joined the FIDO Alliance as a Sponsor Level member, and has joined the Alliance’s Privacy Working Group.

“Adding FIDO specification support to our cloud-based service will enable us to provide additional value to our customers by offering more choice of hardware authenticators supported across multiple channels and use cases with our authentication platform,” Andre Boysen, executive vice president of marketing for SecureKey said.  “By extending our current key management infrastructure based on the Global Platform standard to support FIDO-specified server key management, we can enable a broader range of identity and authentication solutions combining multiple authentication factors.”

“Additionally, we believe FIDO-enabled credentials will provide another source of strong what-you-have factors to be federated over an open network of trusted identity providers and relying parties, using the briidge.net Exchange platform. We are optimistic that FIDO specifications can help accelerate the movement away from users having many weak credentials to fewer, stronger, and more convenient credentials.”

Reported previously, SecureKey is also a member of the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council.

“SecureKey’s proven experience in the payment industry infrastructure is essential to accelerate FIDO adoption by service providers. With briidge.net robustness and multiple certifications, SecureKey will bring a key element to the FIDO Alliance,” Sebastien Taveau, CTO at Validity Inc., and a founding member of the FIDO Alliance said. “SecureKey has been recognized as a privacy leader in identity and authentication, and will play a key role in the Privacy Working Group to gather user trust and adoption. Coupled with strong local authentication such as fingerprints, service providers can now provide new experiences to their users while increasing the security of the whole ecosystem.”

Last week, Blackberry joined the FIDO Alliance and was appointed to the group’s Board of Directors.

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