Microsoft joins the FIDO Alliance

December 12, 2013 - 

Microsoft has joined the FIDO Alliance as a member of the group’s Board of Directors.

Representing the preeminent desktop and enterprise software vendor, and as the third leading mobile platform provider to join the FIDO Alliance Board, Microsoft joins a growing list of industry players in the Alliance.

FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use.

“Microsoft and the many global leaders joining our endeavor in the last ten month validates the work of the FIDO Alliance, and clearly indicates the imminent sea change set to move the world from a dependency on passwords to universal strong authentication,” Michael Barrett, president of the Alliance said. “Clearly, the Alliance is recognized as the foremost place to effect the changes needed to ensure future authentication that is simultaneously easier to use, more secure, and private. We welcome Microsoft to our board of directors and value the contributions that only Microsoft can make to benefit enterprises and users everywhere.”

Reported previously, the FIDO Alliance recently surpassed its 50-member mark in its first eight months as an official organization.

“Microsoft has a track record of unwavering commitment to security and significant contributions to open standards organizations. Joining the FIDO Alliance board of directors is a logical step for us as a way to serve our customers and the community,” David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft said. “As a contributor to the FIDO Alliance working groups on next generation authentication, we look forward to furthering our innovation and thought leadership in the identity space.”

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