Nok Nok Labs launches new authentication suite, first to allow usage of FIDO Ready devices

February 13, 2014 - 

Nok Nok Labs has announced the launch of its NNLTM S3 Authentication Suite, which it says unifies current authentication silos and simplifies user experience.

In particular, the new authentication suite is the first centralizes platform that will enable usage of a broad range of FIDO Ready devices.

In case you missed it, the FIDO Alliance just published a draft spec for public consumption.

“It’s very similar to SSL for back-end providers,” Phil Dunkelberger, President and CEO of Nok Nok Labs said in an interview with BiometricUpdate.com. “They don’t need to know a lot about key exchange – the things that are seminal to the FIDO protocol –, they can adjust their servers to be able to support it and I think when you look at the ecosystem with [companies] like Google, Microsoft, etc., you can get the flavor for the different kinds of client software for it that will be available over the upcoming months.”

According to the company, the S3 Suite consists of:

•    The NNL Multifactor Authentication Server (MFAS), which provides a unified, flexible authentication infrastructure that enables user-friendly strong authentication for any device, any authenticator and any application.

•    The NNL Multifactor Authentication Client  (MFAC) Mobile Edition with support for Android and iOS devices, which enables users to authenticate to any application using the existing security capabilities of their mobile devices. Also includes the Mobile App SDK and Authenticator Specific Module (ASM) SDK.

•    The NNL Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC) Desktop Edition, with support for Windows 7 and Windows 8, provides user-friendly strong authentication to any application by unleashing the existing security capabilities of billions of desktops and mobile devices.

“Truly effective authentication technologies must be designed for strong security and ease-of-use,” Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group said. “Balancing these two design objectives has been difficult in the past so solutions were skewed toward highly secure complex authentication or simple insecure authentication – a lose-lose proposition.  The solution that Nok Nok Labs has developed on top of FIDO finally bridges this gap, offering a secure yet easy-to-use authentication method.  Given today’s threat landscape, this is exactly what’s needed.”

In addition to the launch of the S3 Suite, Nok Nok Labs says it’s also been focused on driving technology partnerships to ensure that FIDO Ready capability will be available throughout the device ecosystem. These partnerships include Agnitio, CrucialTec, FingerPrint Cards, GoTrust, Infineon, Lenovo, NXP Semiconductors, PlugUp, Synaptics and Trustonic.

Nok Nok is hosting a webinar on the S3 launch next week, on February 20. More information is available from the NNL website.

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