October 30, 2013 -
The FIDO Alliance has just announced that it has now exceeded 50 members in its first eight months.
According to the group, it now has representatives from every continent , which is comprised of 11 board, 16 sponsor and 26 associate members.
“The rapid growth of the FIDO Alliance and the quality of our membership reflect a thriving awareness of the demands for better authentication,” Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance president said. “We welcome our new members, and we continue to invite all who recognize the value of enabling the broad range of strong authentication methods and devices to join the Alliance and explore this emerging technology. Both Relying Parties and users need FIDO authentication to realize the full potential of the Internet.”
BiometricUpdate recently took a close look at the development of standards in the biometrics space, and featured the FIDO Alliance as a core of the discussion around authentication standards. You can read the full feature here, which is included in the BiometricUpdate digital magazine.
As we’ve reported extensively, open FIDO specification will support a full range of authentication technologies, includuing biometrics like fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communication standards like Trusted Platform Modules, USB security tokens, embedded secure elements, smart cards and NFC.
The Alliance has also announced that it has begun conformance and interoperability testing for its universal authentication framework and universal second factor products. The alliance Technology Working Group is now implementing products to the working specification and have also begun testing to verify conformance and interoperability.
“The progress made since we founded the FIDO Alliance is impressive.” said FIDO visionary and founder of Nok Nok Labs, Ramesh Kesanupalli said. “The diversity and quality of the new member organizations validates our belief that the lack of strong authentication is a critical problem, and can only be solved through broad industry consensus and a standards-based approach. This first phase of member interoperability testing is an important milestone for the FIDO Alliance. The work completed now will deliver a solid platform for our continued growth.”